Eagles brown off coach

IF one measure of a good team is that it can win while playing badly, then Bonnyrigg White Eagles are a good team.

The Eagles are better than good, of course.

They're on the verge of greatness.

Already crowned premiers, Bonnyrigg completed the competition 15 points clear after beating Blacktown City 2-1 at Lily Homes Stadium on Sunday in the final round of the Football NSW premier league.

Should their season-long superiority be capped by a grand final win, then the Eagles can claim the greatness tag.

Win while playing badly?

Blacktown City dominated possession for long periods and had more scoring chances by far, yet the Eagles still found a way to win.

The hosts squandered several first-half chances before Chris Payne latched on to a Chris Tadrosse delivery to give the White Eagles the lead on 58 minutes.

Blacktown City deservedly drew level courtesy of Yuchi Yamauchi.

The Japanese import was well-positioned to slot home from Travis Major's marvellous cut-back from the left.

Just as the match seemed destined to finish level, Harris Gaitatzis blasted a powerful drive past Brody Crane in injury time.

Bonnyrigg coach Brian Brown gave his men a real rev-up after the game, though that was more finals motivation than disappointment.

The experienced coach would know it's hard to get up when there's nothing riding on the result, and you can't be 100 per cent every game.

"I think that was the worst we have played this season, our standards dropped completely," Brown said.

"There has been a lot said this week amongst the group about boys playing in the A-League or the Youth League, though based on today's performance I don't think they could play in any such league.

"The sad part is that today's performance takes away from the good we have done.

"I rarely criticise my players though today I am very disappointed.

"The good thing about this team is that we can score goals, so in this sense it is fantastic, though we need to ensure we finish the season the way we have been playing."

Bonnyrigg have the first week of the finals off before raising their standard.

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