Ben Ross celebrates after finding the back of the net in the Eagles’ game against Capricorn Coast in Yeppoon at the weekend.
Ben Ross celebrates after finding the back of the net in the Eagles’ game against Capricorn Coast in Yeppoon at the weekend.

Flying high to finals contention

THE Emerald Eagles have proved last week's win was not a fluke by beating Capricorn Coast in a resounding victory at the weekend.

The Eagles thrashed Capricorn Coast 3-nil in Yeppoon and are now attractively placed on the Central Queensland premier league ladder, weeks off finals contention.

Eagles' coach John Salogni said the team stuck to the same game plan from the previous win against Frenchville and it again has paid off in points.

"We wanted it more and we dominated," Salogni said.

"We closed their midfield down which allowed the forwards to do what they do.

"Can't ask for any more."

Tim O'Rourke, Chris Yelland and Ben Ross all found the net for the Eagles as they opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

With the football season just weeks from wrapping up, Salogni said the players were not only finding peak form but were finally melding as a team.

"They are playing well now; communication is unbelievable and they are trusting each other now," he said.

If consistent wins were not an obvious enough improvement, the lack of cards on Emerald's behalf proves they are on the up and up as not a single Eagles player was carded during the game.

"It is the first time (receiving no cards) but very, very welcome," Salogni said. "It shows we are starting to win and take pride in what we are doing."

The Eagles have the bye this weekend to regroup before their final two games at home, first taking on Nerimbera and then Berserker.

"I know we can beat them; we are going out with the same plan," Salogni said.

"We will dismantle their engine room and then go after the forwards. I am looking forward to it with bells on. The home ground advantage always helps."

The reserve grade also had a weekend win, clearing any cobwebs from the closet after their loss the previous weekend.

"They all played very well; it was a good turnaround," Salogni said.


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