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Under-20 side keeps up form with upset

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July 04, 2017

Sitting at seventh on the ladder, the under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns had plenty to celebrate on Saturday when they defeated second-placed Northcote City.

The under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns secured a massive upset against Northcote City on Saturday.

City is second on the National Premier League Two west-division ladder, but the Suns (seventh in the east) played like the far better side to take a 2-1 victory at McEwen Reserve.

‘‘It is a very good result considering where they are on the ladder,’’ coach Fred Zito said.

‘‘Our effort, structure and consistency have all improved and it’s paying off.’’

Star striker Alou Kuol opened the scoring just before half-time (42nd minute) before Makuac Makuac doubled the lead in the 77th minute.

‘‘We seemed to have the game in control for most of it,’’ Zito said.

‘‘They were both scrappy goals from pressure in the box, but the build-up to get the ball into the box was really good.’’

Northcote found the net in the 85th minute to create a chance for a result, but the young Suns were good enough to see the final minutes out without drama.

‘‘It doesn’t matter who you play, you have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes,’’ Zito said.

‘‘At 2-0 we backed off a little and they scored, but we stepped up again to hold them out.’’

Kuol (38th minute), Mohammed Al-Gazaly (44th), Rocky Papalia (70th) and Declan Maiorano (78th) were all shown yellow cards in the win, while Harun Atkas, Fraser Gosstray and Maiorano came onto the field for Brenton Urbaniak, Kaine Humphries and Clayton Scott respectively as Zito swung the changes.

The win adds another great result to the Suns’ recent form, with only two losses in their past nine outings, allowing Zito’s charges to average two points per game across their past seven matches.

Another west division team awaits the Suns next week, with an away trip to Moreland to take on the Zebras.

The sides have not yet met this season, but the Suns will take confidence, form and momentum into the clash and should start favourites.

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