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Kane strikes when it matters most

A Shaun Kane goal has delivered Shepparton South the three points against Tatura in a hard-fought Regional Premier League clash.

MATTHEW GALEA June 24, 2014 3:15am

Returning Ibis Anthony Calandro celebrates his goal.


Shepparton South’s Shaun Kane delivered all three points for the Southerners in a heated clash between the league-leader and a tough Tatura outfit.

The Ibises boasted a new signing in former Goulburn Valley Sun Anthony Calandro, who returned to Tatura after being released by the National Premier Leagues Victoria side and made his first appearance against another of his former clubs, Shepparton South.

It was a bittersweet return to McEwen Reserve for Calandro, who played in the centre, scoring a goal to put Tatura 2-1 up before being sent off in the second half.

Shepparton South took the lead through an Adam Scott free kick, but was hauled back by Tatura’s Jared Cunniff, who pounced on a poor South throw in to burst past the defensive line and slot home coolly beyond the stranded Lee Allen. Allen gave away a free kick shortly after when he handled the ball outside the box, allowing Calandro to score from the resulting free kick after getting on the end of a good delivery from Cunniff.

A Tatura own-goal levelled the scores heading into half-time, but Shepparton South coach Reno Lia was confident his team could run out the game.

‘‘We felt we handed them two goals, so we don’t think they ever opened us up,’’ Lia said.

‘‘So we tried to put a positive spin on it and tell them they could run the game out, but to give away two goals like that was a nightmare from a coaching perspective.’’

Kane eventually delivered the goods after squandering a number of opportunities and having another goal questionably ruled out.

Not for the first time this season, Kane was on hand to finish off more lovely play from Scott, who cut inside from the left and played a reverse pass to Kane, who made no mistake with a sweet left-foot strike from just inside the box.

‘‘It’s vintage Shaun Kane,” Lia said.

‘‘He was down on his performance and thought he had a bit of a ’mare, but we thought he was present all day.’’

Tatura coach Tom Black couldn’t find too many negatives from his side’s performance despite the result and was happy with how the Ibises troubled a team that has comfortably beaten the likes of Shepparton United and Cobram already this season.

‘‘I was pretty impressed with the performance. Everyone gave their all,’’ Black said.

‘‘Losing Calandro next week is a blow, but Nick Corbo should be back which covers us.

‘‘They had more chances in the second half, which was disappointing, but we take a lot of positives from the game.’’

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