Magic FC sets a cracking pace to start the season
The Magic FC season has gotten off to a flyer – six games into the season and the boys are unbeaten and sitting at the top of the log. At this stage they have won five games and drawn the sixth.
Coach George Dearnaley is happy with the way the team is travelling but believes they can still take it to another level.
“There are a few areas I think we could improve on, but, by and large, I’m happy with the way things are going.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the performance of young Therlo Moosa up front. He has managed to find the back of the net consistently and is currently the leading goal scorer with 5.
Therlo is new to the club and when he works out his combinations with the others up front, Magic is going to provide some excitement in the forward line.”
George is also impressed with the work ethic of young lihle Maqoqa on the flank.
“He is prepared to run all day and his speed gives him the capacity to get around most fullbacks and get that ball into the box. That is the service we want.”
Magic’s defence is what George is really impressed with, especially the performance of captain Tshepiso “ Shabba” Thlapi, at centre back.
“Shabba is rock solid there, he marshals those around him quite well. We all know it is a solid defence that wins matches.”
Last Saturday, Magic travelled to Milnerton to play Atlantic National and triumphed 1-0. The score should have been about 5-0 with the ball hitting the crossbar on four occasions. The week before on a cold, miserable night, they hung for a 1-0 win against D&G Orient.
This Friday evening, they are back home at Old Mutual in probably one of their biggest test against the ever-dangerous Santos team.
George doesn’t want to get ahead of himself but thinks that the home ground advantage run of wins the team has enjoyed will stand them in good stead.
“Winning builds confidence, and I can see it in the younger players who lately more eager to take their man on. That’s a good sign.”
“Santos is an unpredictable team, they’ve got the experienceand can turn it on at the drop of a hat. We have to turn up with our A-game on Friday.”
It is expected that the same field will take the field that has been doing the job for the past few weeks. There are no injuries at the moment
“I may tweak the line-up here and there. There is competition for spots and that is always good to keep the boys on their toes.”