Ten goals from seven different scorers kept Howley Oval spectators enthralled as they witnessed Shepparton South defeat Tatura 6-4 on Sunday.
With the Ibises needing a win to close the gap on their rivals, Brent Mathers’ men fell well short after South jumped out to a 7-2 lead.
The sides exchanged blows in the opening 30 minutes before the Ibises came from behind on two separate occasions to draw the game at 2-2.
Toby Ferguson opened the scoring for South, before Ibis youngster Jordan Leocata headed home to draw the hosts level inside 15 minutes.
South took the lead via a Sean Kane penalty kick, but again through Tariq Nikoi-Kotey, Mathers’ men drew level.
South went on to score four unanswered goals in the win.
Ferguson finished with a hat-trick for the visitors as Grant, Martin Gleeson and Joel Aitken rounded out the six goals.
Nikoi-Kotey and Tim Bordignon netted two late consolation goals for the hosts, with Mathers describing the game as eventful.
‘‘It was a crazy game, probably one of the strangest I have been involved with in a long time,’’ Mathers said.
‘‘It was a good game for the fans, to be honest, they were treated to 10 goals and a game with relatively no defence.’’
The 39-year-old praised South and the players’ ability to control the game in the second half.
‘‘They controlled the game for the most part, they are a good side and have been for a long time,’’ Mathers said.
‘‘I wasn’t happy with how we went about it, but we were outplayed in the end.’’
The result sees Tatura five points adrift of a finals position, but Mathers is confident his side can still make the cut.
‘‘It was a little disappointing not to get a result, but we still do have a few winnable games coming up,’’ Mathers said.