Late drama in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League resulted in Eaglehawk claiming a vital three points against Shepparton United on Sunday.
Played at Eaglehawk, Roven Shaholli’s men were forced to come from 2-0 down to equalise in stoppage time, although Gregory Thomas scored a controversial winner in the 94th minute.
With only seconds to spare the ball fell to Thomas, who looked to be in an offside position, but scored his second from close range to give the hosts a 3-2 victory, extending their lead at the top of the table.
Shaholli was absolutely gutted his side was unable to claim a point, let alone all three points.
‘‘It is really frustrating to lose like that,’’ Shaholli said.
‘‘We got ourselves back in the game after a few rough decisions, we dominated the last half hour and I feel we should have got at least a point.’’
Thomas scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot just before half-time.
United goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Hindawi could not prevent the league’s leading scorer from the spot and the hosts doubled their lead through André Latt in the 59th minute.
United then halved the deficit in a fiery affair with just six minutes left in regular time.
Ermal Marku, who has scored nine goals in this season, stood over the dead ball for United and nestled his free kick past Eaglehawk’s shot-stopper Brent Munro.
Soon after in the 91st minute, Shaholli unleashed a long range rocket from just inside his own half to level the scores in dramatic fashion.
‘‘It was pretty good goal to be honest, one of the better ones I have scored,’’ Shaholli said.
‘‘They had numbers behind the ball, I didn’t have too many options, so I just unloaded and it went in.’’
However, the joy was short-lived after Eaglehawk scored the winner soon after, meaning United has failed to win its past two games.
United is in third position on the table and eight points behind Eaglehawk.
●Three second-half goals from Shepparton South gave it all three points against Epsom in a battle between second and fourth.
With only five points separating the two sides heading into Sunday’s clash at McEwen Reserve, Nathan Radevski’s men, via the returning Brazilian boys, won 3-1.
Epsom opened the scoring through Alexander Caldow in the 51st minute, but three unanswered strikes from Sean Grant (62nd and 74th minute) and Toby Ferguson (85) gave South its fourth win in five matches.
South will look to extend that streak as it prepares for a mouthwatering clash against Tatura this week.
●An inspired Ben Gannon hat-trick helped Tatura claim a comfortable 5-0 victory against Spring Gully United at Howley Oval.
The hosts failed to find the back of the net until just before half-time, when Gannon scored the first of his three goals in the 47th minute.
Eight minutes after the restart Gannon scored his second and doubled the Ibises’ lead, before playing coach Brent Mathers scored one of his own.
Gannon then completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute, before youngster Jordan Leocata put the final nail in the coffin.
Tatura’s victory snapped a two-game losing streak and as a result it sits two points outside of the top four in sixth position.