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Middle of something special

By Brayden May

EVERY coach dreams of having a dominant midfield on a football ground.

Right now, Echuca United mentor Guy Campbell is living the dream as his side sits locked inside the Murray League’s top two.

The Eagles midfielders ran riot on Saturday as they finished 113-point winners over Tungamah — their fifth consecutive victory.

After a tense first term, ruck duo Clayton Zanella and Jordan Florance provided their teammates with silver service to help pave the way for a nine-goal-to-one second quarter.

‘‘Once we lifted our intensity, Tungamah struggled to keep up with us,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘At quarter time we spoke about needing to go up another gear and the midfield led the way for the rest of the group.

‘‘When you get on top in the middle of the ground momentum can be difficult for any side to stop.

‘‘It’s pleasing that we were able to turn our dominance into scoreboard pressure.’’

While Josh Mellington kicked another nine goals to take his season tally to 61, centre-half forward Peter Quanchi proved pivotal when the game was there to be won in the first half.

When the Eagles looked to go forward, Quanchi provided a strong target — marking just about everything that came his way.

‘‘Peter gave us a strong link between our defensive and attacking thirds,’’ Campbell explained.

‘‘His ability to read the ball was a pleasure to watch. But the most pleasing aspect was his ability to make the most of his opportunities when the ball was in his area.’’

Once again, the Eagles youngsters showed their consistency with strong displays.

Billy Barnes continued his strong form from last week’s Three Jacks clash, while Kynan Sharpe-Long earned his first full senior game after starting as a substitute in recent weeks.

But the day belonged to Tom Holmes, who played his first senior game.

‘‘All of the young guys are doing everything we ask of them,’’ Campbell explained.

‘‘Not a single one of them is taking a backwards step in the contest. The club couldn’t be happier with how they are developing.’’

United return to the nest on Saturday when they host Congupna.