Two goals from 1st Grade White striker Jimmy Shaw has helped his side to a 4-1 victory over intra-club rivals Red in their final derby for 2017.
The scoreline perhaps failed to tell the story as Red competed admirably with their considerably higher placed opponents for much of the fixture.
Shaw poked his side ahead midway through the opening half as Red goalkeeper Alex Mills fumbled following an Ollie Briggs effort.
Their lead remained in tact at the break as Red coach Rhys Manners looked to retool his side following an opening stanza where White midfielder Felix Croshaw found space time and time again as his side dominated the ball and boasted the majority of the opportunities.
Red’s choice to switch to a back three at the break paid dividends almost immediately as their forward pressure was converted on the scoreboard just minutes into the second half. Ryan Beetson provided the breakthrough as he got his boot to a well placed Jake Rosengarten corner to level up the scores from close range.
Red weren’t without their chances, but it was White who were to strike next through the boot of Alec Geelan. The wide man drifted centrally onto his favoured left before striking past Mills to restore his side’s lead.
Despite a midfield arm wrestle, White managed to impose their dominance once again later in the half as Jimmy Shaw picked up the ball on halfway before slicing through the Red defence to slam the ball home from close range and extend his team’s buffer to two.
The scoring was rounded out by White goalkeeper Bryan Warren – of all people! Mills made contact with Shaw as he looked to collect the ball in his area only for the referee to point to the spot – with gloveman Warren making no mistake with his only chance for the season.
Red can be proud of their efforts as they look towards their final three games of the season, with finals football now well and truly off the table. While White now sit one point clear on top of the Fifty8 George Premier League ladder, with three matches, including a final day clash with nearest rivals Panorama Black, still to play prior to finals.
FINAL SCORE: WHITE (Shaw 2, Geelan, Warren (pen)) 4-1 RED (Beetson)