Virgili burns Rosebud

IN BEHIND: Broadmeadow’s James Virgili terrorises the Adamstown defence on Sunday at Magic Park. Picture: Max Mason-HubersJAMES Virgili and Broadmeadow sent a warning shot to their Northern NSWNational Premier League rivals with a 7-2 demolition of Adamstown in round one at Magic Park on Sunday.

James Virgili, who played 57 A-League games for Newcastle,used his skill and lightning pace to score a hat-trick and set up two more goals as Magic turned a 2-0 half-time lead into a romp.

On a day of draws across the league, Magic showed they will be hard to stop with Virgili and fellow speedster Kale Bradbery, who scored twice on Sunday, up front.

Bradbery beat teenage keeper Jake Hamilton at the near post on 25 minutes. Virgilthen provided the cut-back for Peter Haynes to finish with a first-time shot in the 40th.Two minutes into the second half, Virgili found space and buried his one-on-one chance then repeated the dose on the hour. Bradbery followed suit in the 64thminuteand Virgili struck again in the 66th.

Alex Read and Matt Paulscored on breakaways of their own to soften the blow for Adamstown before Daniel Casciaroli hit a header home off a Virgili corner at the death.

Although a comprehensive result, co-coachRobert Virgilisaid Magic wouldhave “to improve on that performance to say that we are going to be a real threat”.

“Obviously we scored seven goals, but I’m disappointed with the two we conceded,” he said.

“Probably the last 25 minutes we took the foot off the pedal, which we can’t do. But give the boys credit, scoring seven goals any day is great.We did some really good things with combinations, getting boys in behind, which is what we want to do.”

As for his son, James, he believed the 23-year-old would improve.

“I don’t think James is at his best yet, in regards to his sharpness, but that will only come with more games,” Virgili said.“But he’s going to be massive for us, there’s no two ways about it.”

Rosebud coachGraham Law said James Virgili “finds space when it’s not there”.However, Law was not unhappy with the effort from his team.

“I can’t fault the guys,” he said.“First half we went in 2-0 down and genuinely thought we were the better team.We were moving the ball well, but second half we had to throw it to the wind to try to get something out of the game. But it’s frustrating. Five of their seven goals came when we’ve got the ball in their defensive third, then the transition kills us.It’s very difficult to defend that.”

At Cooks Square Park, Hamilton and Maitland hada scoreless stalemate, Charlestown and Valentine finished 2-2 and Garry McDermott scored a hat-trick forWeston in a 3-3 draw with the Newcastle Jets Youth.On Saturday, Keanu Moore scored the winner for Edgeworth in a 2-1 victory over Lambton Jaffas at Edden Oval.

John Majurovski scored forJaffas beforeAyden Brice equalisedandMoore scored the late winner. Daniel McBreen set up the Brice goal and cleared a ball off the line late for the Eagles.

At Weston, a late penalty strike from Andrew Pawiak gave the Jets Youth a share of the points. Former Joeys strikerCameron Joice scored the opener for the Jets on debut and the team’ssecond was an own goal.

At Lisle Carr Oval, Rene Ferguson scored with 12 minutes remaining to equalise for the Blues. Sam Bradshaw scored Charlestown’s first before Brenton Olzomer equalised for Valentine for 1-1 at half-time. RidgeMapu put Valentine ahead with 25 minutes to play.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce and Valentine counterpart Darren Sills said the Blues had the better chances late in the game.

Pryce said his side “had enough chances to win two games”, while Sills said a draw was “probably a fair result”.