Under-20 side overcomes ‘comical’ start

July 18, 2017

The Goulburn Valley Suns' under-20 side came back to win after comical error in the first seconds of the game put them on the back foot early.

The Goulburn Valley Suns came from behind to defeat Eastern Lions in the National Premier League under-20 competition on Saturday.

Fred Zito’s charges trailed after 35 seconds at McEwen Reserve, before two first half goals gave the Suns their ninth win of the season.

A ‘‘comical’’ start had the Suns’ two centre-backs collide into each other after a long ball had been booted forward, before Lion Jet Fisher was through one-on-one with the keeper to score past Declan Maiorano, leaving Zito gobsmacked.

‘‘It is just one of those comical things you see in football, there was no communication, they collided into each other, they fell over and Eastern were through and scored,’’ Zito said.

Alou Kuol, who has scored 14 goals in 20 games, netted the equaliser in the 11th minute for the Suns after cutting in from the left to strike on the edge of the 18-yard box.

‘‘It was a good goal, he cut in, beat their right back and then just let rip,’’ Zito said.

Kuol then turned provider, setting up Harun Aktas who completed the comeback just after the half hour mark when he tapped home at the back post.

Zito thought Saturday’s performance was not as good as recent weeks, despite the win and the Suns’ recent form.

‘‘We played into their hands, we didn’t really play the way we liked and got sucked into playing the long ball too much,’’ Zito said.

‘‘It was good to get the win in the end, even though we didn’t really play our best brand of football.’’

The Suns are undefeated in their past five games, having won three of those since their defeat to Box Hill, and Zito put his side’s form down to consistency.

‘‘We have balance at the moment, we have the same group of boys to select from,’’ Zito said.

‘‘I think at the whole club there is a sense of stability and consistency at the moment, so I feel that is what we are getting results.’’

Heading into Saturday’s clash it was a battle between sixth and seventh, with the Suns jumping into sixth to be 16 points behind league leader Melbourne City.

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