The under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns returned home with one point from their away trip to Gardiners Creek Reserve on Sunday.
The young Suns broke a streak of consecutive losses with the 2-2 draw against Eastern Lions, but coach Stuart Vance said that should have been celebrating a second win of the season.
After taking control of the early stages of the clash, a sustained lapse in concentration allowed the Lions to pounce.
‘‘We sort of dominated the first half and got away to a 1-0 lead,’’ Vance said.
‘‘But we let through two sloppy goals to go 2-1 down, which was pretty disappointing.
‘‘The first one was a free kick where we had some bad marking, and the second one was through bad defending.’’
Although they let slip the early lead, the Suns fought back in an attempt to rectify the situation, doing enough to equalise the contest late in the piece and salvage a vital point.
‘‘We did pretty well to get the equaliser late in the game and even had a couple more chances where we might have won,’’ Vance said.
‘‘We’ve just mainly been focusing on getting the work-rate back up to the standard it was in the pre-season.
‘‘All of the players worked their socks off, so there was no questions at all about their effort.’’
Alou Kuol and Brenton Urbaniak were the two goal-scorers for the Suns in the drawn clash.
It was Kuol’s first goal of the season and could jump-start his campaign after netting 20 under-20 goals last year.
Meanwhile, Urbaniak beat the goalkeeper for the second time in as many appearances for the under-20 Suns, doubling his tally from 29 games in the competition last year already.
The Suns remain worse than mid-table in the east-section, but with only four rounds of the season completed have plenty of chances to improve dramatically on their 1-1-2 record.
Melbourne City awaits Vance’s charges this weekend, and a victory in that away fixture would give the young Suns plenty of confidence moving forward.
City’s under-20 outfit is in ripping form though, having defeated Murray United 5-1 at the weekend to take its season record to three victories and one loss.