18th August 2018
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Spurs secure senior football title

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Lerwick Spurs became Shetland senior football champions for the third year in a row on Friday, with victory over Delting meaning they are in an unassailable position in the league.

Second-half goals by prolific strikers Connel Gresham and Paul Molloy made sure of the G&S Flooring Premier League title, while Delting would have had to win to take it to the last match of the campaign, a rearranged game between the same two sides.

The weekend’s other matches saw wins for Scalloway and Whitedale┬á over Petrofac and Ness United respectively, while Whalsay and Celtic shared the points in their game.

G&S Flooring Premier League

Delting 0, Spurs 2
Delting took to the field knowing that nothing less than three points would give them a chance of winning the league this season and started in a determined mood.

Despite an early scare when Paul Molloy broke down the right and flashed a dangerous cross across the box, Delting were dominating the play. Their tenacious play all over the park had Spurs rattled and they fashioned several chances with good build-up play, but none of their efforts caused the Spurs keeper much concern.

The start of the second half began scrappily with Spurs sitting back and looking for long balls over the top to Connel Gresham and Molloy, knowing that a draw was all that was needed.

Delting’s Gary Sutherland released Dylan Mckay down the left and his strike from just inside the box flashed narrowly past the far post.

Delting were pushing more and more for that all-important goal and were caught out eventually when a good run and cross from Molloy found Gresham at the back post and he finished well from 12 yards.

Delting needed to get a goal quickly with time running out and got a lot of balls into the box but Shane Jamieson seemed to get his head on most crosses and free kicks to thwart Delting’s attacks.

Spurs doubled their lead near the end with a good strike from the edge of the box by Molloy.

Spurs deserved to win the league but were fortunate to claim all three points on the night. Best for them were Shane Jamieson and Paul Molloy while in a good team performance by the Delts Gary Sutherland, Martin Dow and Merv Jamieson stood out.

For more results, tables and weekly round-up see The Shetland Times on Friday.

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Jim Tait is news editor at The Shetland Times.

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