Goulburn Valley Suns score a win

June 05, 2018

Jordan Barrow led a terrific Goulburn Valley Suns defensive performance at the weekend.

The second phase of the National Premier League Two season has kicked off in fine fashion for the Goulburn Valley Suns.

Craig Carley’s charges produced a Sunday special in their Galvin Park clash against Werribee City to put a stop to a run of losses.

The Suns scored twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 result on the road, putting themselves back on the winners’ list after consecutive defeats to Altona Magic and Moreland City.

‘‘Obviously it was good to get the three points and bounce back from the last few weeks,’’ Carley said.

‘‘The boys played really well.’’

Carley opened his side’s account in the initial minute of the second stanza after a circumspect first half of sorts before winning a penalty not long later — which Billy Marshall dutifully sunk into the back of the net to ram home the Suns’ advantage.

‘‘It was a bit of a cagey first half, we weren’t tight enough to our markers, but we spoke about it at half-time and fixed it up,’’ Carley said.

‘‘To score so early in the second half was great and then we were able to win a penalty and Billy slotted it away.’’

Former Wangaratta striker Adam Burchell made his Suns debut in the victory and the Albury-Wodonga Football Association season goal-scoring record holder (51 goals last year) will only get better with each NPL2 outing.

‘‘It’s going to take him a bit of time to adjust to the pace of the game,’’ Carley said.

‘‘He worked hard, but it’s definitely a step up from where he’s been playing.

‘‘It was good to see him in a Suns kit and he got through about 70 minutes.’’

Carley felt Matt and James Lelliott stood out in his side’s triumph, along with defenders Jordan Barrow and Robbie Rimmer and goalkeeper Fraser Greenwood.

‘‘Matty was fantastic all game and so was James,’’ Carley said.

‘‘Jordy Barrow and Robbie Rimmer in defence were fantastic, and it was probably the best game I’ve seen Fraser play, he was very commanding in the box.

‘‘It was just a really pleasing performance overall.’’

The Suns have moved back to equal third on the ladder in their east division, but with less games in front of them than already in the book Carley knows every point from here on in will be crucial — especially this weekend’s clash against second-placed Dandenong City.

‘‘We don’t want to be engaged in a fight at the bottom of the table,’’ Carley said.

‘‘So we want to get as many points as we can and try to close that gap to the top teams and see what happens.’’

●The under-20 Goulburn Valley Suns let a half-time lead slip on Sunday.

An Alou Kuol goal in the 27th minute of the Suns’ clash against Werribee City put his side in the box seat to claim yet another victory, but a poor second half eventually had the home side celebrating a 3-1 result.

City scored in the 47th, 57th (penalty) and 70th minutes to steal the momentum quickly away from the Suns and run away with the win.

Seven yellow cards were shown during the contest, with Suns players on the receiving end five of those times.

It was just the fourth time in 15 matches that Stuart Vance’s charges have tasted defeat and the squad will look to promptly rectify the result this weekend against a similarly-placed Dandenong City unit.

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