THE Somerset Sharks have made it back-to-back titles with their 8-0 thumping of Burnie United, seeing them overtake Riverside Olympic on top of the table and be crowned champions.
SOMERSET CELEBRATES: The Somerset Sharks celebrate after downing Burnie to seal back-to-back Northern Premier League titles. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
The Sharks started slowly at Montello against an eager United outfit, however, James Nettleton found a way through the defence and hit the back of the net.
Bill Matthews made it 2-0 at the half-time break after he went around two defenders and slotted past a helpless keeper.
The Sharks hit their stride in the second half as they turned up the tempo and piled on a further six goals.
Keegan Wells got on the score sheet with a long-range drive, but Nettleton was the main attraction, slotting home another four goals.
Connor Parke, at centre back, was the standout for the home side as he cut off numerous Somerset attacks and propelled his side forward.
Burnie’s season is now over as players will get a well-earned rest and prepare to come back in 2015 bigger and better.
Somerset will be celebrating hard after an impressive season but the club will also have more silverware in its sights with the Northern finals series starting next week.
The Devonport Strikers were undermanned in their home fixture against Launceston City with veterans Kurt Howard, Chris McKenna and Bobby Eaves filling the bench.
Eaves put the home side up in the first half with a trademark classy finish.
The visitors pushed hard for an equaliser but Nate Selwood and Kamil Douglas held strong through the midfield.
McKenna was substituted into the game with 15minutes of play remaining and had a huge impact as the Strikers piled on four late goals to run out 5-0 victors.
McKenna scored a brace as singles went to Jesse Dance and Connor Lizotte.
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