Spectators kept enthralled at fierce battle

July 25, 2017

Tatura striker Tariq Nikoi-Kotey rounded the 'keeper to score one of his two goals on Sunday.

South Kieren McKemmish and Tatura's Jordan Leocata tussle over possession on Sunday

From the resulting goal Tariq Nikoi-Kotey broke the corner flag after an extravagant fly kick.

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.

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