Shepparton South has stood up to the challenge of last year’s runner-up, overcoming Epsom in round two of the women’s championship.
Alicia Rowan was marvellous at McEwen Reserve, netting a hat-trick of goals as her side prevailed 3-1 in a stellar match.
After a tight tussle for ascendancy initially, Rowan made the breakthrough in the 36th minute.
But at half-time Epsom steadied and showed a renewed enthusiasm that helped it equalise scores immediately after stepping back onto the field.
Star Epsom striker Danielle Michielsen sent the ball past South’s goalkeeper Brioni Serafini in the only time the Scorpions beat South’s defence for the day.
But fighting for more than a draw, Rowan came through with two more goals to bring her season’s tally to 12 after just two games.
While nine of Rowan’s goals came against the newly formed Tatura side last week, the Ibises were on track in round two.
Defeated in a close tussle against Golden City, Tatura even led for 12 minutes before an equaliser came from City.
Tamsyn Underwood was responsible for putting the Ibises’ first score for the season on the board, showing positive signs for the club, despite City also scoring a goal in each of the halves.
Shepparton United had an early bye, allowing it to work on structures that needed cleaning up after going down to Eaglehawk in round one.
Across the remainder of games in the competition, Strathdale was too strong for Moama-Echuca, with captain Brittany Sands scoring her side’s sole goal in the 3-1 loss.
Eaglehawk remains undefeated after dominating Spring Gully United 6-1, while Colts United did a similar amount of damage when it trounced Swan Hill 6-1.