Broadmeadow Magic coach proud of FFA Cup showing after challenging preparation

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Despite a 3-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers, Broadmeadow Magic coach Damian Zane had nothing but praise for his team’s efforts.

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“I’ve coached in four cup games against A-League [teams] and that performance is right up there,” he said.

“Considering we’ve had two weeks of players doing their own running by themselves which is hard enough to motivate in the off-season, to come out and do that, I’m pretty proud.”

Currently ranked fourth in the NPL Northern NSW competition, Magic know what it takes to be a winning team. Despite the team’s loss in what was just their fifth appearance in the national rounds, Magic have plenty to be proud of.

“To come out and perform that way was a great effort in what’s essentially our off season,” said Zane. “That first half was superb.”

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Despite their best efforts, Magic were continually denied their attempts at goal with some unlucky shots and superb defensive skills from the visitors.

“I thought we were a tad unlucky with that first goal and thought we could have got one,” said Zane.

The Covid break certainly took its toll on the home side, with most players having to train and remain in playing condition by themselves. With just four weeks of training under their belt, Zane said their fitness levels had definitely taken a hit.

“The first improvement we need to make it to play them when we’re fitter than them,” he said. “Which is normally the case.”

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Fighting until the very end, Magic managed to deny the Wanderers a fourth goal as the A-League side continued to strike.

With former Jets winger James Virgili on their side, Magic secured their spot in Round of 32 in a run of games that saw them score 18 goals in three wins. As a powerhouse of the NPL Northern NSW competition, Zane says the future looks bright for his young squad.

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“Our team has changed a lot,” he said.

“This is next year’s team so there’s a lot of new combinations. It’s a young group and they’re only going to get better.

“A lot of younger boys are starting to pop their head into first grade and this experience will help their development and it looks bright for the future.”

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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