Devils charge towards finals

Shaw delighted as Wangaratta defeats Wanderers

SKIPPER STARS: Wangaratta City captain Ryan Vandersteeg was at his best as the Red Devils took another big step towards the AWFA finals.

WANGARATTA City continued its charge towards the Albury Wodonga Football Association finals on the weekend, upsetting Twin City Wanderers 2-0 in a match that had it all.

The game was locked at 0-0 at halftime despite the fact the Wanderers had received a gilt-edged opportunity to take the lead after a Stefan Joseph penalty.

Twin City had another chance to score when a high ball struck a Wangaratta defender on the arm inside the box in the second half, but remained unable to capitalise.

Meanwhile the Red Devils broke through the Wanderers’ defence on two occasions, with Joseph setting up the in-form Jake Giannakis for the first before slotting one of his own in a one-on-one duel with the Twin City keeper.

Co-coach Jon Shaw said the win was indicative of the new mindset at the club after years of mediocrity.

“Last season we were confident of beating the bottom and mid-table sides, but we were happy if we could just hold our own against the top teams,” Shaw said.

“That’s probably the way we started this season as well, but we’ve gradually built our confidence up.”

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