A late 20 metre screamer sealed a 2-0 victory for reigning National Premier League premiers Edgeworth Eagles against an industrious Weston Bears on Friday night.
Bears coach Trevor Morris said he was pleased with his team’s effort and if they had have been able to convert their chances in the front third they may have pushed Edgeworth even further.
Morris said his team’s passing let them down, which put even more pressure on a terrific effort in defence.
“We got good numbers behind the ball, but we struggled to string together our passes coming out of defence,” he said.
“The third or fourth pass would miss and there would be a turnover.
“But they are fixable things, and I think the boys will learn a lot from it.
“At the end of the game there was a lot of talk about how we can improve and that’s really encouraging.
“They’re a young team and it’s great to see their development every week.
“There are going to be no easy games this year. We have Broadmeadow Magic next and just to keep it going Hamilton Olympic the week after.
“But it’s good, we can find out exactly where we are and get lessons from quality opposition and if we take our opportunities come away with some points.”
Morris said he had to recast his team after 17-year-old defender Wil Myers clashed heads in an aerial contest and was forced to leave the ground under concussion rules shortly after half-time.
“He was playing a terrific game in a defensive holding role and we certainly missed his influence,” he said.
Morris said he expected Edgeworth to push for the title again this year, with no drop-off in their intensity or quality of play.
“They move the ball very quick and it will stretch a lot of teams’ defences,” he said.
“I have no doubts they are the best team in the competition and it was only with a screamer from 20 metres out in the 88th minute that they sealed the game.
“Their other goal showed their finishing class as well. We lost our shape for a moment and they beat us with a shot from an acute angle.”
The Bears play Broadmeadow Magic at home on Sunday.
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