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Blues’ victory is fully six

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October 10, 2017

Shepparton United has claimed yet another grand final trophy after defeating Epsom 6-0.

Goalscorer Caitlin Georgiou looks to drive her side forward in the second half.

Chelsea Georgiou celebrates with her coach Rocky Papalia after winning the grand final on Sunday.

Olivia Cornall bamboozled her opponents on Sunday to claim best-on-ground honours for United.

Shepparton United came, saw and conquered on Sunday.

Rocky Papalia’s women’s side completed the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League championship-grand final double after romping home a 6-0 winner over Epsom in the League Cup final.

Three goals either side of the break ensured United would cruise to victory, but it was Sophie Papalia who started the party inside three minutes.

The diminutive striker latched on to a through ball before coolly slotting past Maddison Ridsdale in goals to send the minor premiers into pure joy.

With just five minutes left to play in the first half, a quick-fire double from Blues pair Papalia and Megan McFarland ensured the tie would almost be out of reach, leading 3-0 at the main break.

McFarland’s cross-come-shot found the back of the net from a tight angle and coach Papalia believes that goal, just before half-time, broke Epsom’s back.

‘‘I’m delighted for the girls, it was an awesome win and to see the joy on the girls’ faces at the end of the match was fantastic,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘That first half was tight, Megan’s goal was crucial in denting their confidence and then we ran away with it in the second.’’

With a near perfect mixture of youth and experience at his disposal, Papalia played his cards right and credited his side’s camaraderie in helping get the job done.

‘‘Olivia Cornall was voted best on, but to be honest, I feel all these girls played exceptionally,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘They are great friends, they work hard for each other and at the end of the day they get to reap the rewards from it.’’

Papalia reluctantly took up the role to coach the women’s side at the beginning of the season due to work commitments, but believes it was a decision well made.

‘‘I have enjoyed every bit of it,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘It is very different to coaching boys, so to have the experience of Megan and Shezza (Sheridan Fairless) help out has not gone unnoticed.

‘‘Those two have been massive for this team this season.’’

Caitlin Georgio, McFarland and Sarah Loverso, with a long-range bomb, rounded out the emphatic victory for United, claiming back-to-back premierships.

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