1st October 2016
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Spurs win back premier league after 5-0 defeat of Thistle

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Spurs 5, Thistle 0

Spurs reclaimed Shetland’s premier football league in tremendous style last night, hammering town rivals Thistle 5-0 at Gilbertson Park.

The result means Spurs now have a 10-point lead on their nearest rivals, who with just three games remaining cannot make up the ground.

Spurs' hat-trick hero Joe Leask (eft) tackles Thistle's Garry "Bones" Sutherland during last night's Premier League match at Gilbertson Park. Photo: Kevin Jones

Spurs’ hat-trick hero Joe Leask (left) tackles Thistle’s Garry “Bones” Sutherland during last night’s Premier League match at Gilbertson Park. Photo: Kevin Jones

A first-half hat trick by the returning Joe Leask put the game out of Thistle’s reach by the break. He headed in a cross, rifled in a shot from just inside the box and then converted a penalty after a team mate was deemed by referee Michael Grant to have been impeded in the Thistle area.

Leask was replaced at half-time, his work more than done, and despite Thistle going close on a few occasions there was only going to be one winner. Scott Morrison cut in from the right and drove home a shot to make it four and the scoring was completed when Thistle defender Callum Johnson headed into his own net following a cross from the left.

The strength of the Spurs squad was there for all to see with key striker Paul Molloy still out and veteran midfielder James Johnston also missing from the previous match between the two sides.

Spurs' Sam Ward (left) runs upfield with the ball with Thistle's Eoin Leask during last night's Premier League match. Photo: Kevin Jones

Spurs’ Sam Ward (left) runs upfield with the ball with Thistle’s Eoin Leask during last night’s Premier League match. Photo: Kevin Jones

Leask proved an excellent replacement and Spurs were well served too by Sam Maver and Sam Ward while Andrew Flett had an excellent game in central defence.

Unfortunately for Thistle far too many of their players had an off night and they seemed to miss the experience of Kevin Teale in central defence.

Unfortunately the match ended in somewhat of an anti-climax as there was no presentation. Spurs will now have to wait until next week at the earliest to get their hands on the trophy.

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