FANCY FOOTWORK: Matt Kirby makes a pass.
FANCY FOOTWORK: Matt Kirby makes a pass. Zac Luke Emeeagles

Emerald Eagles flying high

A LIONEL Messi-like virtuoso performance helped the Emerald Eagles continue to turn their season around against Capricorn Coast Premier.

The Eagles followed up their first win of the season with a thrilling 4-3 victory to secure back-to-back three points.

It was a remarkable game from Dan Vickers that delivered them the success, scoring all four of his side's goals in a dominant display.

Eagles captain Glen Gilmore was astounded by Vickers' attacking exhibition.

"That was a pretty awesome individual effort," Gilmore said.

"Everything came off for him."

But Gilmore said that while Vickers stole the spotlight, he could not have done it without the support of his teammates.

"The way he was allowed to play was because of the team performance," he said.

Vickers will be unavailable for the Eagles' next three matches, but Gilmore is confident their level of play against Capricorn Coast showed they would be able to cope without him.

"We've got a set-up we're going to stick with," he said.

The match was played on a knife's edge for the whole 90 minutes, with the Eagles just managing to hold on to a slim one-goal lead for most of the match.

"I would've been pretty disappointed to come away with a draw or a loss," Gilmore said.

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