It’s season may be over, but Shepparton United playing coach Roven Shaholli is beaming with pride.
In his second year in charge the midfielder led his side to a preliminary final berth, a fourth-placed finish and the competition’s fourth best defensive record.
‘‘I am pretty proud to have achieved what we did this season, we have come along way and I don’t think many other teams would have been able to compete the way we have,’’ Shaholli said.
‘‘We were hit with injuries, suspensions, players missing for religious reasons — it is fair to say that we have had some challenges.’’
United won 11 of its 20 games this season and even spent six weeks on top of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League table.
‘‘We started off brilliantly, but our slump in the middle of the season coincided with a few players missing,’’ Shaholli said.
‘‘From round nine onwards we had never had our full strength side play together once, we missed at least three-quarters of our players for the most part and had to rely on the reserves.’’
United managed three clean sheets this season, while winning three games on the trot just once, but Shaholli is confident his side can go one better next year.
‘‘We took a step in the right direction, a lot of the boys played together for the first time this season,’’ Shaholli said.
‘‘We will only get better and hopefully we won’t have as many interruptions, injuries and what not.’’