Life as the Goulburn Valley Suns’ senior coach has not gone to plan for Craig Carley in his first game.
It may still be pre-season, and two months away from round one, but Carley led a rather inexperienced side to a 3-0 loss at McEwen Reserve on Saturday night.
The Suns hosted Altona Magic at the Theatre of Dreams and within minutes Carley, who was coaching from the sidelines, found his side trailing one-nil.
The Suns were caught in possession inside their own half and Adrian Boglis found himself one-on-one with Clayton Scott in goals, and to the visitors’ credit, they capitalised on the opportunity.
One soon became two just after half-time as Jon McShane converted past Scott again in goals, before Rob Naumoski completed the 3-0 rout via a stunning free kick outside the box.
Carley, who is not worried about results just yet, was focused on building a platform for his side to work on come round one.
‘‘Results are irrelevant at the moment, we had a mixture of youth and experience in the team and at the minute we just want to build on our game plan,’’ Carley said.
‘‘We are a bit behind on our fitness too, there are a few things that we need to work on and that is what pre-season is about.’’
Julius Davis, a former Bayern Munich youth prodigy and Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar attacking midfielder, trialled with the Suns in an advanced role.
‘‘He was good, we will have to see what happens in the coming weeks,’’ Carley said.
‘‘He has a brilliant touch, one of the best I have seen on a young boy, hopefully, we might be able to work something out.’’
New signings Adam Gatcum and Billy Marshall featured in the orange jersey for the first time at right back and on the left wing, respectively.
‘‘Adam was very good, he continued to overlap up and down, he covered plenty of ground,’’ Carley said.
‘‘Billy did okay, he has been away recently, so he has to work on his fitness a little and he knows that overall, though it was okay, there needs to be work done.’’
The Suns were also exposed to young central defender Rob Rimmer who signed from Hume City.
Originally from Griffith, the 18-year-old spent time with Hume and Melbourne City before Nick Hegarty, Hume’s coach, reached out to Carley about Rimmer.
Returning visa signing Rob Hughes and Frank Lagana, who is still undecided about playing this season, are just a few names who did not feature against their fellow NPL opponents on Saturday.
Carley will continue the search for his first win as coach when the Suns take on his former club Cobram in a midweek fixture tomorrow night at McEwen Reserve.
GV Suns v Cobram Roar will kick off at 7.30pm tomorrow.