National Premier League play-offs: Edgeworth Eagles thrash Canberra Olympic to press claims for home run

EDGEWORTH are potentially one win away from hosting the National Premier League play-off grand final

ON FIRE: Veteran Daniel McBreen scored a double in Edgeworth's 4-1 win over Canberra Olympic on Saturday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

ON FIRE: Veteran Daniel McBreen scored a double in Edgeworth's 4-1 win over Canberra Olympic on Saturday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The Eagles disposed of Canberra Olympic 4-1 at Deakin Stadium on Saturday night and will now meet the Brisbane Strikers at Jack McLaughlan Oval next weekend. Brisbane accounted for South Hobart 4-2 in Tasmania.

The three-time Northern NSW NPL champions made it to the national finale last year, which they lost away to Sydney United 58, after wins on the road against Victorian winners Bentleigh Greens and Perth FC.

Match hosts are decided on a points system. A win in normal time is worth three points, away goals four points and home goals three points. A point is deducted for each goal conceded and per yellow card. A red card incurs a three-point penalty.

Kieran Sanders put  Edgeworth ahead in the 15th minutes after a nod on from Daniel McBreen. His goal was cancelled out by Jordan Tsekenis in the 26th minute before Josh Evans put the visitors back in front with a crisp header on half-time.

“We deserved the second goal and was an important moment to be honest,” Edgeworth coach Damian Zane said

The second half was all Edgeworth. McBreen produced a quality finish in the 75th minute before icing the win late. Edgeworth collected 18 points for the 4-1 win.

APIA Leichhardt, who are in the other group, collected five points from their 1-0 win over Adelaide City. Heidelberg United beat Bayswater FC 2-1 in Perth in the second game on that side of the draw.

“On our side of the draw, we are probably one win off hosting a final,” Zane said. “APIA only got five points for their win so we are sitting pretty.”

Edgeworth traveled to Canberra with an aggressive game plan and it paid dividends.

“It could have been more but had you offered me a 4-1 win I would have taken it,” Zane said. “We played pretty open and expansive because we wanted some goals and we got them. It was noce for Macca to score a couple. Once he gets up and about, he helps motivate the group. He was quite elusive tonight. People were saying how quick is he?”