SHIRLEY’S first and second teams made short work of their opponents last week as they scored a combined ten goals.
The eight-goal thriller the game would turn into was not in evidence in the early stages of the first team’s game.
It was not until the 25th minute that Shirley took the lead, Ben Ince calmly finishing from Mike Tom’s flighted free-kick.
In response Highway netted a deserved equaliser after the Shirley defence failed to clear.
Against the run of play Shirley went ahead just before the break, Mike Tom’s through ball finding Richard Learnihan.
The second half saw the introduction of new signing Tom Crane, who made an immediate impact. After a move down the Shirley right, Crane was on hand to score his first goal for the club.
Shirley were having a much better half with man of the match Matty Shaw beginning to dictate the ebb and flow of the game.
Within five minutes of their third goal, Shirley went four up, James Ince scoring.
A hopeful shot from Highway squirmed underneath Shirley’s substitute ‘keeper Kerry Curtis to give Highway some hope.
Crane continued his impressive debut with a tap-in for his second and Shirley’s fifth after Highway’s keeper cleared the ball into the back of his own defender. Highway managed a third before the referee brought the game to a close.
Shirley’s second team matched the firsts for goals scored, beating Bearwoods 2nds 5-2.
Shirley Athletic first XI are in action this weekend, at home to Parkfield Amateurs in the AFA Senior Cup, kick-off 1.30pm at The Glades in Catherine-de-Barnes.