EDGEWORTH coach Damian Zane is daring to dream.
The Eagles, fresh from winning the Northern NSW grand final, are now a game away from a chance at a national premier league title, after beating Victorian champions Bentleigh Greens 3-1 in extra time at Kingston Heath on Saturday.
Teenage substitute Aden Gardner was the hero with a double after it was locked at 1-all at the end of 90 minutes.
Edgeworth will now meet Perth in the west next Saturday. Win and they progress to the final.
“Going to North Queensland and winning to progress to the FFA Cup round of 16 was big,” Zane said. “But this beats it. It would have to be the biggest win in the club’s history. Looking at the teams, Bentleigh and Sydney United are probably the pick of them. The next game is winnable and if we achieve that we are in the final.”
After a scoreless first half on Saturday, Keanu Moore put Edgeworth ahead in the 55th minute. The visitors hung on until a wonder strike by Bentleigh substitute Jonny McLean in the 88th minute.
As they have done all year, the Eagles dug deep. Gardner beat a defender to a cross and angled a header which bounce inside the left post in the 99th minute. The midfielder then sealed the win with a clinical finish in the 109th minute.
“To cop a late goal was gut-wrenching,” Zane said. “But the boys managed to put that aside and run over the top of the them in extra-time.”
It would have to be the biggest win in the club’s history.