Clash of heavyweights packs a punch

June 05, 2018

Shepparton's South's Hayden Dealy rises above a pack which includes teammate Shaun Kane.

Shepparton South's Tim Lardner contests for the ball.

Shepparton South's Anthony Calandro gets over the ball.

Shepparton South striker Joel Aitken netted two goals on Sunday.

Shepparton South took the early ascendancy against Eaglehawk on Sunday, but could not hold on to any points the time the final whistle sounded.

The clash between two of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League men’s division one heavyweights promised plenty in the lead-up, and the match certainly delivered.

South striker Joel Aitken opened the scoring in the 28th minute of the contest after being shown a yellow card just minutes earlier to give the home side a 1-0 advantage going into the break.

Eaglehawk responded heavily in the second half though, slotting three goals to kill the game before Aitken completed a double in the dying minutes to give his side a small sniff of parity.

Hayden Dealy and Shaun Kane were also shown yellow cards during the clash, while Nathan Radevski saw red in the 90th minute.

The loss pushes South down to fourth spot on the ladder, more than two wins back from Strathdale in first and only a game ahead of Tatura in fifth.

●The Ibises put in another high-scoring effort on Sunday, but again came away with just one point to show for it.

Sean Grant’s charges put three goals past ladder leader Strathdale at Howley Oval, but conceded just as many in an eventual 3-3 draw.

Tristan Zito (32nd minute), Thomas Leech (52nd) and Lewis Coyle (59th) scored for the home side in the draw — its third in just nine matches.

●Shepparton’s tough season continued at the weekend.

The Reds fell to their sixth defeat of the year at the hands of Spring Gully United.

The sides looked to be evenly matched heading into the fixture with their almost identical records, but it was United who capitalised on a flurry of chances either side of the half-time break.

Scoring in the 31st, 40th, 45th (plus one) and 50th minutes of the contest, United completely outplayed the travelling Reds.

In the process of losing the clash 4-0, Shepparton also dropped another spot on the table to ninth.

●Shepparton United had the bye, but still moved up into third position on the ladder with a record of five wins, two draws and only one loss for the year.

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