FINAL SHOT: Brothers Aston Villa's Blake O'Brien lines up a free kick against the Warriors.
FINAL SHOT: Brothers Aston Villa's Blake O'Brien lines up a free kick against the Warriors. Matthew McInerney

No worries for Villa heading into semi-final

IT'S a scary thought for the rest of the competition.

Brothers Aston Villa believe they are at their best ahead of their finals campaign.

Facing the United Warriors tomorrow in the major semi-final at Martens Oval, Villa is at full strength as they aim to make the grand final with a win.

Captain Josh McInnes returned for 45 minutes last week against The Waves and is expected to play this week after getting through the match unscathed.

Coach Glen Sparozvich said it was a surprise to see McInnes back last week.

"We had to sub him on at half time because of another injury,” Sparozvich said.

"It was a good run for him and he will be better for it.”

Heading into this week, Sparozvich said the emphasis had been on defence.

With 17 goals scored in the first two games between the sides this season and with both teams in the top three for goals scored, plenty of scoring is expected tomorrow.

"They have three of the top two scorers in the league,” he said.

"As the only team that has got a clean sheet on them this season, we hope to do the same this weekend.”

If they are to keep a clean sheet, Sparozvich said turnovers needed to be at a minimum.

"We conceded two goals from turnovers last week against the Waves,” he said.

"It's crucial we limit them this week or the Warriors will pounce on them with their attack.”

With finals football a different game, Sparozvich said he was wary of a strong Warriors outfit.

"One goal can be the difference between winning and losing in the end,” he said.

"We just need to settle on the ball and be confident everything will work well for us on the day.”

The game between Villa and United Warriors starts at 5pm.



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