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Taking home the boot for the winter, Ben Shepard dutifully returned to the pitch with the Boot in hand (actually, he gave it to me at the Candlelight, but this sounded better).
Boy, did we need this one! If you would have asked if 'Bulldog' was going to win the Boot with ten minutes left in the match, the emphatic answer would have been 'No'. Not that he played particularly bad, but, let's just say he missed a 'Golden' opportunity.
The play that earned him the first 'GBA' of the season was a combination of effort and a calm finish. Taking away an errant pass along the left side with a slide tackle, he deftly kept the ball in play. Next he beat the left defender around the end and cut toward the center. With another quick step inside, he patiently delivered the ball inside the near post past the goalie.
Not only was it a great goal, it broke the 0-0 tie and was the the game winner. Hang the boot from your rearview mirror Timmy!
Who wants it next game, I see something..............