Disciplined effort secures gritty draw

June 20, 2017

Mohammed Al-Gazaly helped finish off his team's good work up the ground by sending the equaliser into the net against Werribee City on Saturday.

The under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns worked extremely hard to secure a 1-1 draw against Werribee City on Saturday.

After letting through three goals in a disappointing showing last week against Box Hill, the Suns came out wanting to rectify that poor performance.

When City struck first in the 35th minute it looked as if it would again be a day to forget for the young Suns, but to their credit they fought hard to get themselves back into the contest.

‘‘It was a very good, competitive game,’’ coach Fred Zito said.

‘‘The boys turned it around from last week both in attitude and performance.’’

Mohammed Al-Gazaly netted a smart goal from outside the box in the 78th minute to capitalise on his teammate’s good work up the ground.

‘‘We kept our discipline up, which allowed us to not concede again,’’ Zito said.

‘‘It definitely brought us back into the game.’’

Zito made three second-half substitutions to try and push the issue, with Fabrice Ebe replaced by Thomas Raditsas, Fraser Gosstray succeeded by Kyle Harris and Makuac Makuac joining the fray in place of Kaine Humphries.

The Suns remain in sixth on the National Premier League Two east division ladder, still six points adrift of Dandenong Thunder and only two points ahead of the Eastern Lions.

Zito’s charges face Murray United in the next fixture and, after losing 2-3 at home to the close rivals earlier in the season, are hoping to turn the tables.

‘‘We definitely owe them one, they gave us a bit of a touch up last time,’’ Zito said.

‘‘We’d like to get one back on them with a win.’’

United has only secured five victories and two draws from the year so far, and languishes in second last place more than two games behind the Suns.

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