After three losses in a row, the under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns faced a tough road-trip against a strong Richmond team on Saturday.
When the home side then found the back of the net in the fourth minute of the National Premier League Two east-division clash, it looked as if the Suns’ torrid run was going to continue.
But 14 minutes of sublime football was all that Fred Zito’s charges (seventh on the ladder) needed to turn the match around completely against third-placed Richmond.
Harun Aktas struck first in the 11th minute of the game to level the scores before Rocky Papalia put the Suns ahead in the 22nd.
But Zito’s troops were not finished, with Kyle Harris scoring three minutes later to have the bench in raptures.
Richmond found another goal in the 52nd minute to return the contest to a knife’s edge, but the away side stuck firm to hold on for a stirring 3-2 triumph.
The final stages of the match proved extremely tight as the Suns scrambled to defend every Richmond foray into attack, with Thomas Raditsas (67th minute), Clayton Neville-Scott (70th) and Makuac Makuac (76th) all shown a yellow card by the referee.
Earlier, Zito had swung three changes in an attempt to hold on to the lead, with Callum Saron (46th minute) and Bowdie Chandler (55th) entering the fray for Papalia and Cooper Gosstray.
Gosstray then returned in the 64th minute, replacing brother Fraser.
With one round remaining in the season Zito’s side has now won as many games as it has lost (10), with seven draws taking the team to its current standing of 37 points from 27 games.
The Suns will be hoping for another standout performance to secure a positive record when they host Dandenong City in the final game, while erasing a goal difference of negative four will also be on the radar for the young rising stars.
City is currently languishing in second-last spot with eight wins, four draws and 15 losses.