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South ready for sizzling soccer encounter with Eaglehawk

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June 02, 2018

Shepparton South and Eaglehawk will meet at McEwen Reserve tomorrow in what should be a women’s Bendigo Amateur Soccer League classic.

The sides are second and third on the table and the only thing fans should expect is sizzling soccer.

South, beaten on the weekend by Colts United in a surprising result, will need to get back to its best, according to coach Ralph Giuliani.

‘‘To the girls’ credit they stood up and we could have easily been ahead early,’’ he said.

‘‘We had about five one-on-ones with the keeper and you can’t afford to waste those opportunities.

‘‘But we’re prone to being caught on the counter-attack, the way we play we try and press high and look to get forward. At times we’re left exposed but we roll the dice and take the game on.’’

Eaglehawk is second on the table and has conceded just six goals for the season, and the Southerners expect it to be rough.

‘‘We talk about the opposition players from the Bendigo sides being very physical and often not playing the ball — we hear that’s nothing compared to Eaglehawk,’’ Giuliani said.

‘‘We’ll have to structure up, be stronger on the ball and be stronger mentally.

‘‘We can’t match them physically but we can go out at home, on the big ground, and expose them with our space and pace.’’

South’s biggest weapon is Alicia Laffy, who has whacked home 30 goals in seven games.

Scoring goals and racking up points is vital for South in an even season, with just six points separating the top six sides.

‘‘It’s a traffic jam up the top — if you don’t bring your A game you’ll get beaten,’’ Giuliani said.

‘‘We’re pretty happy with the way we’re tracking, generally very happy.

‘‘We did play well against Colts, we just didn’t score, and if you don’t finish you pay the price. You just have to be on your game.’’

●Shepparton United will head to Swan Hill expecting a quality result tomorrow.

The Blues have been winning games for fun, while their opponent has been up against it before the past fortnight, which has brought two wins.

But while Swan Hill’s form is improving, United’s is elite.

It has won its past two games by a combined score of 17-0 and has not conceded a goal in at least 427 minutes of action.

●Tatura’s quest for its first points for the year will bring Strathdale to town tomorrow.

The hard-working Ibises will welcome their opposition to Howley Oval expecting a tough day, with Strathdale fifth on the ladder.

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