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One-way traffic as Shepparton United claims home ground win

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July 25, 2017

Shepparton United lit up the field in an 11-0 goal fest against Colts United on Saturday.

United by name, but not by nature.

Shepparton United hosted Colts United in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League on Sunday and it was all one-way traffic.

In front of a home crowd, Rocky Papalia’s United won 11-0 after scoring six first-half goals.

Sophie Papalia (4), Sarah Loverso (3), Chelsea Georgiou (2), Caitlin Georgiou (1) and Megan McFarland all found the back of the net during Sunday’s comprehensive rout.

Despite the impressive first-half performance, Papalia wielded the axe at main break in order to give some of his younger players a run.

‘‘It was a good opportunity for some of the younger girls to get more minutes under their belt,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘Don’t get me wrong, the girls who started did brilliantly, as did everyone, we moved the ball exceptionally well and were able to play a good brand of football.’’

United remains four points clear on top of the women’s championship, while fellow Goulburn Valley-based club Shepparton South sits sixth.

South has played two fewer games than most of the teams and Uwe Paffrath’s side sits just one point outside the top four.

United’s Sophie Papalia (17) and Loverso (16) lead the goal scoring for their side, while Lucinda Murdoch has scored seven goals in 11 games for South.

It will be United’s turn next week to sit out with the bye, while South hosts Spring Gully United in a must-win clash.

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