Suns get down and dirty

May 15, 2018

Goulburn Valley Suns are riding the wave of a winning streak after another successful contest on Saturday against Ballarat City.

Win after win after win — there is no stopping the Goulburn Valley Suns at present.

The Shepparton-based Suns defended their home turf on Saturday night, seeing off fellow regional side Ballarat City for a 3-0 win.

Momentum is finally swinging their way; three straight wins and four wins in five games have taken them to fourth on the National Premier League Two East table.

While the scoreline reads like a cruisy night at the Theatre of Dreams, coach Craig Carley said it was anything but.

‘‘It was a pretty tight game to be honest, a tough battle and not much pretty football played,’’ Carley said.

‘‘But it’s just good to get three points and for the boys to prove they can win in a dirty game like that.

‘‘The pitch was a bit heavy, but we played well and scored some cracking goals — all three were worthy of winning any games.’’

Jordan Barrow opened the scoring minutes before the break, with captain Cody Sellwood and the brilliant Billy Marshall adding goals in the second half — and Carley said they were all crackers.

‘‘Barrow’s free kick was from 25 yards, he bent it over the wall and into the top corner,’’ he said.

‘‘Cody beat about four players and slotted it past the keeper; he’d ran about 70 yards with the ball.

‘‘And Billy — he was just on fire all night really. He got the ball on the by-line, sold two defenders for dead and whipped it into the far corner, nearly impossible to save.’’

Finally, results are matching the Suns’ talent levels and Carley said the morale among the squad continued to be strong.

‘‘The boys have been fantastic, the culture and vibe around the club is phenomenal and we’re learning to win ugly too,’’ he said.

‘‘Earlier in the season, we probably wouldn’t have won that game, but the boys were fantastic and were able to grind it out.’’

A massive challenge awaits the Suns on Saturday, however, with a trip to league-leading Moreland City.

Adding to the tough task will be the absence of core trio Matt Lelliott, Adam Gatcum and Greg Nash, with all suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.

●The Suns’ under-20’s undefeated streak is over, finally vanquished by Ballarat City.

They had not lost in eight games, but fell to a 2-1 defeat to previously struggling City.

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