Late penalty killer

July 04, 2017

Goulburn Valley Suns player Cody Sellwood attempts to beat two Northcote City players.

Captain Jamie England was again one of the best Goulburn Valley Suns players on the pitch, but will miss next week's match through suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season.

Sun Lewis Coyle is just beaten to the ball by Northcote City goal-keeper Phillip Petrovski.

Goulburn Valley Suns player Geordie Lelliott arches his back to reach the ball with his head.

The Goulburn Valley Suns secured a 2-2 draw against a strong Northcote City outfit on Saturday.

After hitting the lead twice in the National Premier League Two clash, the Suns had to settle for just one point after conceding a late penalty.

‘‘We can’t be happy when we go up two times and then get equalised, not managing to get the three points was disappointing,’’ coach Nick Kalafatis said.

‘‘It was a very soft penalty, but he won it very well, so you can’t whinge about that.’’

Cody Sellwood opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Craig Carley missed a golden opportunity to give his side a 2-0 lead, with his attempted chip of the keeper just going over the crossbar.

‘‘It was a shame he couldn’t put us 2-0 up after a good individual effort,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘We started the game a lot better than other weeks.’’

It proved to be a costly miss for the Suns, with City’s Baggio Yousif (64th minute) and captain Joshua Knight (74th) scoring either side of a successful Carley strike in the 66th minute.

While the result was not what Kalafatis was looking for, he was still pleased with aspects of his side’s game.

‘‘We never really got threatened, especially in the first half,’’ he said.

‘‘So I’m pleased we’re not giving too much away and I felt like we really controlled the match.’’

Suns captain Jamie England was his team’s most productive player, but after picking up his fifth yellow card for the season in the 70th minute he will miss next week’s clash with the Moreland Zebras along with import Rob Hughes, who saw red in the 80th minute after receiving a second yellow for the match.

‘‘Jamie England has been outstanding for us, he’s really playing very well, so we will miss him next week,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘Overall, I’m a little bit disappointed with Robbie’s red card.

‘‘He needs to learn to stop making the errors he keeps getting booked for all the time.’’

The point garnered from this contest moves the Suns into fourth on the east division ladder, just three points from third-placed Melbourne City.

With Shaun Kane (illness) and Stefan Papageorgiou (holiday) likely to join England and Hughes on the sidelines for the Suns’ next match, Kalafatis will have to draw from his youth team.

‘‘It makes it a little bit difficult, but it gives a chance for other boys to come up,’’ he said.

‘‘We just have to move on and try to get something out of next week.’’

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