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Resurgent Shepparton win BASL clash

SCORES Shepparton 7 (Alhamzah 49’, 67’, De Smit 50’, 72’, Davis 86’, 93’, OG 59’) d Colts United 4 A second half resurgence from Shepparton has seen the side claim its second win of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League on Sunday, overturning a two-goal deficit at the break to power past Colts United 7-4 at Strathfieldsaye Recreation reserve. After holding off the hosts for a large part of the first half, a lapse in concentration left Shepparton smarting as Colts poached two goals in quick succession to send the Reds into panic stations moments before half time. Coach Reno Lia managed to spur some life into his side during the interlude, as debutant Omran Alhamzah hit the back of the net in the early knockings of the second period. A penalty from Jamie De Smit soon followed, drawing Shepparton back on level terms before an own goal from a Colts player thrusted the visitors in to the lead. United refused to lay down with Jordan Buckley blasting one home in the 66th minute, putting Colts all square at three goals apiece. However, conceding rattled the Reds into another gear as it hit the back of the net twice through Alhamzah and De Smit. Buckley doubled up shortly after to breathe some life into United’s chances, but Remell Davis would spoil the hosts party with a swift double in the dying embers of the match. The win means Shepparton now creep up into eighth spot on the table, and with a string of positive results under its belt there is no telling where the side could finish it continues to build. Shepparton South 1 (Aitken 86’) Epsom 1 A late penalty has marred Shepparton South’s performance against cellar dweller Epsom at Huntly Recreation Reserve on Sunday. After scoring what seemed like the winning goal as the match came to a close, a penalty awarded to Epsom was tucked away to give the bottom ranked side its first point of the season. While either side couldn’t be separated for the bulk of the fixture, South were given a golden opportunity to win the game from the spot in the 86th minute. Up stepped talisman striker Joel Aitken, who slotted his ninth goal of the season to put the Southerners within striking distance of all three points. But South were served a helping of heartbreak four minutes deep into added time, as referee Elias Andrews pointed to the spot after an Epsom player went to ground. Nerves of steel were required of Kyle Smith, who coolly tucked the ball home for the Scorpions to send waves of devastation through the Southerners camp.

Liam Nash


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Suns have a case of the Blues after conceding late goal

SCORES Manningham United Blues 2 (Carafa 47’, Ali 93’) d GV Suns 1 (England 12’) A stray foot in the dying stages has cost the Goulburn Valley Suns valuable points against Manningham United Blues in the National Premier League Two East on Saturday. With the scores locked at one-apiece deep into stoppage time, Jamal Ali sent the away fans into raptures as his shot deflected off a Suns player to steal three points away from the hosts at McEwen. The loss signals the end of a four-game unbeaten run for the Suns, with coach Craig Carley frustrated at his sides inability to play its signature brand of football. ’I don’t feel we really got into the groove of playing our style or tempo, so we were unable to control the game how we would have liked,‘ he said. ’To concede so late on again was frustrating, as I feel a point would have been a decent result and kept us level points with Manningham.‘ Jamie England opened proceedings for the Suns in the 12th minute with a 25-yard rocket nestling in the top corner for his third goal in two games. Manningham took the driving seat soon after, going close on a number of occasions but couldn’t find a crack in the Suns armour by half time. Persistence payed off for the visitor’s moments into the second period, as Franc Carafa was allowed space to creep into the box and tap home the Blues’ equaliser from a cross. The Suns came knocking on Manningham’s door once conceding, with Alou Kuol’s strike cannoning off the post after some tidy footwork near the by line. But with the final whistle set to blow, Ali’s diverted effort from the top of the box wrongfooted Suns goalkeeper Monty Algazaly who could only watch as the ball trickled over the line, sealing an agonising defeat for the Orangemen. ’(There were) probably too many players off their game on a heavy and difficult surface, we took the lead and failed to build on that and in truth we were probably lucky to go in one up at half time,‘ Carley said. ’I thought we were better overall in the second half but conceding two sloppy goals takes us back to where we were at the start of the season conceding soft goals which I feel both could have been avoidable. ‘We just need to regroup and get back to winning ways and no bigger test than league leaders Eastern Lions on the weekend.‘ The Suns make the trek to Gardiners Creek Reserve this Saturday to face ladder leader Eastern Lions in what is sure to be a test of their mettle. In the under-20s, Shaban Mehmet’s charges were undone 2-1 by Manningham United Blues in the curtain raiser. After conceding midway through the first half, Fraser Gosstray squared the ledger for the Suns with a wicked strike from an indirect freekick. However, the Blues found a winner from a corner on the hour mark, with Liam Pappas reacting quickest to slot the ball home giving Manningham all the spoils.

Liam Nash