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Suns are Thunderstruck

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August 01, 2017

Goulburn Valley Suns' Matt Lelliott (right), pictured last year with brother James, received his 10th yellow card on Saturday, resulting in a two-game suspension.

The Goulburn Valley Suns struggled to find any attacking potency on Saturday, creating minimal chances in a 2-0 loss to Dandenong Thunder.

The National Premier League Two east division side also found itself in card trouble once again, with Matt Lelliott picking up a two-game suspension for receiving his 10th yellow of the season and Rob Hughes having to be substituted late in the game (78th minute) after being shown his ninth.

‘‘Matt is obviously suspended now so it gives us an opportunity to try other players there, it is what it is,’’ coach Nick Kalafatis said.

‘‘Rob is on nine yellows now as well and had to be taken off, he never really settled into the game, so that was a bit disappointing as well.’’

The match lacked excitement for much of the 90 minutes, with Kalafatis citing a lack of urgency from his charges.

‘‘It’s very disappointing in a way, we seem to always not chase the result against Thunder,’’ he said.

‘‘The first half was really dull, there was nothing created by either side, but we certainly controlled the game.

‘‘It was an average performance, no-one really stood out.’’

Lelliott saw yellow in the 13th minute, with Hughes (73rd) and captain Jamie England (84th) also drawing the ire of the referee.

In a stop-start affair, the Suns simply could not find any rhythm, conceding from a midfield turnover in the 60th minute and a defensive mistake in the 71st.

‘‘Every time there was a contest the referee called a free and stopped the game, which didn’t help with our momentum,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘The game was very slow and not one to remember, that’s for sure.’’

Stefan Papageorgiou (66th minute), James Lelliott (71st) and Fabrice Ebe (78th) were substituted into the clash for Jordan Montagner, Matt Lelliott and Hughes respectively, but failed to make a significant impact on proceedings.

A league-wide bye is scheduled for this weekend before the Suns host Melbourne Victory at McEwen Reserve.

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