SENIOR Cup winners Shirley failed to see off Village in the HS Shield as last years AFA Premier winners ran out worthy victors.
In a dull first half both Mike Mountford and Ben Ince tried to create chances for Shirley, but were cut out by the solid Village defence.
Village took the lead just before half time when a speculative effort hit the bar and bounced in off keeper Darren Brown.
The current champions doubled their lead mid-way through the second half and although Kerry Curtis converted a late penalty there was no way back.
Tomorrow Shirley face a tricky trip to AFA Premier new-boys Erin Go Brah.