United players stand tall

September 09, 2017

Shepparton United will play finals, but the finishing position is yet to be determined.

Heading into the penultimate round, United, which sit fourth, could jump third-placed Epsom should other results fall in its favour.

Roven Shaholli’s side, which has only won two of the past five games, has had a consistent end to the season, but with the League Cup finals campaign just around the corner, a strong finish is needed against Spring Gully tomorrow.

Playing at Central Avenue, United will look to make it two wins on the trot for the first time since early July.

United spearheaded the competition for six weeks earlier on this season, keeping five clean sheets, while winning three games in a row during an improved run of form.

‘‘It was a more consistent and settled line up back then,’’ Shaholli said.

‘‘We have had players go overseas or just miss due to injury and illness so we still have a little bit of work to do before we are near full strength.’’

Mohammed Al-Hilfi and Omran Alhamzah are both doubtful for tomorrow and Shaholli is not taking Gully lightly despite winning 2-0 last time.

‘‘They are a good side, we are excited about the proposition of playing for third spot and we will have to play our best in order to win,’’ Shaholli said.

‘‘We are confident, we always go in confident but it will be a tough game.’’

Gully sit ninth and has only won the four games this season.

●Shepparton could do its bitter rival United a favour should it register a result against Epsom.

A win or draw for the Reds, who sit seventh, could ultimately help United jump Epsom in third should Shaholli’s side grab all three points.

Dillon Shelley’s Reds are not in the best of form, having not tasted victory in five weeks.

The same can not be said about Tatura.

Brent Mathers’ side cannot make the finals and have copped 11 goals in two weeks.

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