Shepparton South found a last-gasp winner to dash Shepparton’s spirits in a thrilling derby on Sunday.
The match, which ended in a 3-2 victory to South, was a rollercoaster for all involved.
‘‘It was one of those games where emotions changed all the time,’’ South co-coach Nathan Radevski said.
‘‘It was a bit scrappy at times and ended up being a close encounter.’’
After a scoreless first half, Radevski said his side knew they could do better.
‘‘We went in at half-time not happy with how we had played,’’ he said.
‘‘We had a chat about what we could do to improve and we implemented that in the second half.’’
The break worked wonders for the second-placed side, with co-coach Joel Aitken striking truly in the 50th and 54th minutes to give his team a 2-0 advantage.
The brace from Aitken continues his brilliant run of form, with 21 goals scored in his past seven matches.
‘‘Joel is enjoying it, we seem to link with him really well,’’ Radevski said.
‘‘Every goal he scores he believes in himself more and he’s an unreal striker in all areas.’’
However, the clash was far from over.
The Reds found the back of the net in the 86th and 89th minutes through Giacomo Alvisi and Donny Stojanovski respectively to seemingly snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.
Enter Joel Patafio.
Patafio found the back of the net for the first time this season in outstanding fashion to secure victory for his side in the 93rd minute.
‘‘The ball was crossed into the box and then cleared by Shepparton,’’ Radevski said.
‘‘It fell to Joel and he hit it first time into the bottom corner, it was a really good shot from 20 to 25 yards, it was like something you see on TV.
‘‘We missed a few chances that we should have buried, so thankfully we got the result we deserved.’’
Shepparton’s Alvisi (15th minute) and Johnny Davkovski (51st) found the ire of the referee in the form of yellow cards, while Radevski (25th), Patafio (58th) and Thomas Kielty (84th) saw yellow for South.
Anthony Calandro was sent off in the 74th minute for the victors after receiving his second yellow of the match.
The Reds are seventh on the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League’s division one table and will rest up with a bye next week, while South faces Epsom in what should be an exciting encounter.
‘‘We know how they like to play and we did well against them last time (a 4-3 victory),’’ Radevski said.
‘‘I think it will be a close game, but if we start strong, we will do well.’’
●Shepparton United playing coach Roven Shaholli’s return to the field from suspension netted him a goal, but once again his side dropped points in a match it could have won.
Shaholli levelled the scores at 1-1 in the 77th minute after Strathdale had opened proceedings in the first half (37th minute) and from there United could not find a winner.
The draw, United’s fourth of the season, has it back in third spot on the ladder ahead of the toughest trip in the league, an away clash against ladder leader Eaglehawk.
●Tatura could not match it with Epsom on Sunday, eventually losing 1-5.
Tariq Nikoi-Kotey scored in the 60th minute, but it was the only joy the Ibises took from the clash as their opposition ran rampant.
The striker picked up a yellow card in the 73rd minute of the contest, while Nathaniel Amartey saw red in the 58th.
Tatura remains in sixth, three points behind the fourth-placed Epsom, and hosts Spring Gully United in round 14.