BASL | round 17 results

By Aydin Payne

There were plenty of celebrations for two Shepparton clubs at the weekend in round 17 of Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.

Shepparton United and Shepparton South enjoyed strong victories to remain locked in fifth and sixth spot on the men's ladder respectively.

Shepparton South was too strong for cross-town rival Shepparton at McEwen Reserve, clinching a dominant 4-0 victory.

The Southerners got off to a quick start, as Kabir Kareem rocketed a strike past Shepparton goalie Jordan Harvey after 12 minutes.

Neither side troubled the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half, although Shepparton's Jorge Blemings and Abdal Alhashough entered the referee's book with yellow cards.

South's Joel Aitken gave onlookers something to cheer about with a 79th-minute strike.

Kareem recorded his brace six minutes later, while teammate Rob Harmeston added the icing to the cake with a goal before the completion of the 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, United followed the same path as South in its clash against Epsom, scoring a first half goal followed by an onslaught in the second half.

However, the 10th-placed outfit made life difficult for Roven Shaholli's Blues, with the scores tied deep into the first half.

But Blues skipper Nick Kalafatis scored with one minute left in the opening half which opened the floodgates for his teammates in the second half.

Fabrice Ebe scored twice inside 15 minutes, while teammate Ermal Marku came off the bench and fired one past the keeper in between Ebe's two goals.

The superb day was capped by single goals to Evan Rawluk and Shaholli in the 79th and 81st minutes respectively.

It was a great performance from United's brick wall Adem Barolli and the defensive line to grind out another clean sheet.

Strathdale blitzed Colts United (11th) 5-1 at home to remain locked inside the competition's top-two, while Eaglehawk (first) powered past Golden City (seventh) 7-2 in another impressive outing.