Babalj Looking For Suncorp Repeat

Melbourne Heart FC striker Eli Babalj hopes the confidence drawn from the side’s back-to-back wins will provided the momentum needed to drive the Red and White towards a debut finals appearance.

Melbourne Heart FC striker Eli Babalj hopes the confidence drawn from the side-s back-to-back wins will provided the momentum needed to drive the Red and White towards a debut finals appearance.

Babalj, 20, has proved to be Heart-s talisman in recent weeks, netting the winning strikes in triumphs over Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners to propel Heart back into the race for a home final.

“It-s always good to score, but the main thing is we finally got two wins in a row. It-s good to finally get the momentum going ahead of the finals hopefully,” he said.

“It-s a big game on Friday, and hopefully the last two games gives us a bit of confidence heading into the form team of Brisbane.”

While Babalj endured a drought of sorts during January, mirroring the overall form of a Heart outfit which struggled to recapture the magic of a glorious run through November and December, the angular attacker appears to have rediscovered his lethal touch in front of goal.

And heading to the scene of arguably Heart-s greatest triumph this season, a 2-1 win which snapped Brisbane-s 12 month unbeaten streak at home, Babalj is hopeful of another strong performance.

“It was a massive win last time. Obviously, they were on a long unbeaten streak (at home), but we went up there with confidence and showed we can compete with the best. It was a good win, so hopefully we can get another positive result this Friday,” he said.

“If you ask any striker, it-s the best feeling when you score a goal, and lucky enough, I-ve got good service the last couple of games and have been in the right place at the right time. Thankfully, the two goals ended up being two winners, which is very important, six points out of the last two games.”