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Shirley Athletic 2 Village 0

A MIKE Mountford brace helped Shirley see off lacklustre champions Village in the opening AFA Premiership game.

A MIKE Mountford brace helped Shirley see off lacklustre champions Village in the opening AFA Premiership game.

Village went into the encounter boasting a 29-match unbeaten run but hot-shot Mountford ended that record with two second-half goals.

Village dominated the first half but couldn't find a way through the stern Shirley backline.

But minutes after the re-start, prolific Mountford powered in a header from a Matt Shaw cross to put the home side ahead.

On the hour mark Ben Ince set up the striker for his second of the day and Shirley held firm to record a confidence-boosting victory.

 

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