Scorpions win nine-goal thriller

Strathdale stand-in skipper Dean Vlaeminck controls the ball in midfield against Colts United. Picture: ADAM BOURKE

Strathdale stand-in skipper Dean Vlaeminck controls the ball in midfield against Colts United. Picture: ADAM BOURKE

Epsom strengthened its BASL division one finals claims with a thrilling 5-4 win over Shepparton United on Sunday.

The victory saw the fifth-placed Scorpions close to within one point of fourth-placed Shepparton United and they have a game in hand.

Top team Eaglehawk and second-placed Shepparton South appear to have a mortgage on the top two spots, leaving Strathdale (32), Shepparton United (31) and Epsom (30) to battle it out for third and fourth.

Epsom trailed 1-0 early before a classy finish from Will Vallely levelled the scores.

The second-half was a goal fest. Epsom grabbed the lead through September Htoo before Ruben Goldwater’s second goal made it 2-2.

Two quick goals to Josh Dwyer appeared to seal the points for Epsom, but United bounced back again via an own goal and Goldwater’s third.

That set the stage for a grandstand finish and it was Harley Richardson who was the hero for Epsom.  

The central defender fortuitously headed home the winner from a Cooper Arkinstall cross in the 88th minute.

Strathdale was clinical in its 5-0 win over Colts.

The Blues handled the heavy track at Beischer Park much better than Colts and put the game away midway through the first half with three goals in the space of 12 minutes.

The Blues added two more in the second half to give them a 20-1 total score line in their four-straight victories. Lukas Blom and Lonain Burnett scored a brace each and stand-in skipper Dean Vlaeminck found the back of the net for the fifth time this season.

Tatura rallied from a 1-0 half-time deficit to defeat Golden City 4-1. Zac Street scored for the Rams in the first half before the home side stormed home with four goals in the space of 16 minutes.

Shepparton was made to work hard for its 4-2 win over Moama-Echuca. The Raiders were on track for an upset win when they led 2-1 at the break, but Shepparton found its mojo in the second half and grabbed the three points.

The Spring Gully versus Eaglehawk clash will be played later in the season after Sunday’s game was postponed because the pitch was deemed unplayable by the referee.

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