Shepparton South was on the front foot on Saturday with an attacking display of soccer to trump reigning premier Shepparton United in Regional Premier League.MATTHEW GALEA June 17, 2014 3:15am
McEwen Reserve had lights beaming down on the pitch for Saturday night’s Regional Premier League clash between Shepparton South and Shepparton United, but it was South that really lit up the night.
The Southerners’ bright and incisive attacking play led to a 4-1 win against the reigning premier.
‘‘They now realise that whenever they play us, they’re going to have a game on their hands,’’ Shepparton South coach Reno Lia said.
The top-of-the-table clash became a one-sided affair early on and, while the Blues battled well in the second half, the damage was done in the first half.
Shaun Kane had the Southerners 1-0 up from the penalty spot inside the first 10 minutes when he wriggled clear of the United defence and found himself one-on-one with Shaun Pearson in the Blues’ goal.
Kane showed fantastic footwork to get around Pearson, who brought Kane down as the last man, but avoided a red card.
Barely two minutes later, the Southerners doubled their advantage with an Adam Scott strike.
The score could easily have been 3-0 shortly after, but Pearson produced a fantastic string of saves to keep the Blues in it.
The Southerners got their third goal in the second half against an improved United side — which missed a fantastic chance through Carl Lamb early in the second half — through Greg Nash when he arrived late at the back post to tuck home a lovely cross.
Adam Burchell then struck from the spot shortly after.
Shepparton South goalkeeper Lee Allen played a great game and pulled off a number of good saves, but his clean sheet was denied when Kelvin Trippier slotted away a penalty of his own.
Lia was delighted with the way his side played despite the late concession, but doesn’t believe the win makes his side premiership favourite.
‘‘I don’t believe we are, I’ve been around long enough to see teams go undefeated for long periods of time and get knocked over, because everyone that plays you, wants to beat you,’’ Lia said.
‘‘We love to go forward and we believe we have the calibre of player to go forward, but I was really pleased with Jordan Montagner — he was strong as an ox.’’
Shepparton United coach Nick Kalafatis was deflated after the game and rued a slow start, but issued a strong warning to South.
‘‘You need lessons and we got a lot out of this. I thought maybe the guys sat on their good performance last week,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘I think the flag is gone, but now we play without pressure and get ready for finals and last I checked we had the cup, so they’ve got to get it off us.’’
Elsewhere, Cobram won the local derby, defeating Cobram Victory 3-0.
A single-storey weatherboard house in Doyles Rd, Shepparton was gutted by fire on Saturday.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Success at the regional schools soccer competition has earned the Echuca Primary School (208) girls side a spot at state games on Wednesday.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram school students take their books to the streets, dressing up for Community Reading Day.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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