United once again conquers Epsom

August 08, 2017

Shepparton United women's team is on top of the ladder in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.

Shepparton United is now outright leader, while Shepparton South romped home a victor in a super Sunday.

The Bendigo Amateur Soccer League is currently a two-horse race with United and Epsom sitting in first and second respectively, and at the weekend the two went head-to-head.

With the minor premiership to play for, Rocky Papalia’s women flexed their muscles with five rounds to go, winning on the road 2-0.

Goals either side of the break ensured a comfortable victory in the end for United, with Sophie Papalia and Olivia Cornall finding the back of the net.

Cornall has now slotted three goals in 10 games, while the former is firing on all cylinders having netted her 18th goal in 13 games to sit fifth on the goal-scoring charts.

Sunday’s result is the lowest scoreline since United’s loss to South in round eight, while United is the only team to not only beat Epsom twice this season, but also hold it scoreless.

Epsom is the competition’s leading scorer having smashed home 83 goals, while in comparison, Papalia’s side has only conceded four goals, and that resolute nature proved to be the difference on Sunday.

With a bye next week Epsom has the opportunity to claw United back when it hosts Moama-Echuca Border Raiders.

Shepparton South was involved in a six-goal thriller, winning 5-1.

South hosted Swan Hill and it was Uwe Paffrath’s side that was forced to come from behind after conceding inside a quarter-of-an-hour.

The visitors took the lead through Shannon Fox on the 10-minute mark, but South soon responded through Jasmine Furphy and from there it was all one-way traffic.

Brioni Serafini scored South’s second to give the hosts the lead on the half-hour mark, before Aimee Stanyer gave Paffrath a little breathing space before half-time.

Despite a two-goal buffer heading into the second half, the hosts did not stop with Chelsea Clarke scoring two goals in seven minutes to complete the rout.

South now sits in fourth position, however, it is equal with Eaglehawk on 22 points, while a win next week against Golden City could see it jump to as high as third.

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