Shepparton United has lost the men’s division 2 Championship League Cup grand final after conceding a last-minute penalty.
In a high-quality affair the competition’s two premier sides went head-to-head in a battle between first and second, but unfortunately for United, it was the minor champion Strathdale that prevailed 2-1.
Ahmet Savran scored a world-class left foot volley inside 15 minutes to give United the lead, however, it was a tale of two halves for assistant coach Greg Loverso.
With his side leading at the main break, Loverso urged for more of the same from his United side, but it was the league-leader that went on to dominate proceedings from then on.
Goals to Lukas Bloom in the 55th minute and a 93rd-minute winner by captain Justin Sartori from the spot ensured Strathdale would complete an undefeated season.
‘‘We were really good in the first half, we played some good football and were able to dominate play,’’ Loverso said.
‘‘Although in the second half I think we just stopped, we allowed them to play their game and unfortunately, we bowed out from a penalty in the last minute.
‘‘You’d rather it go to extra time and lose than lose in the last minute.’’
Ramazan Savran was also lively for United leading the line, however, Loverso feels his side’s inability to take its chances is what cost it in the end.
‘‘They are a good side, there is a reason why they finished on top and when we had a few early chances we needed to capitalise,’’ Loverso said.
‘‘We didn’t, it cost us and credit to them for playing out the 90 minutes.’’