The Goulburn Valley Suns went into their weekend fixture with Dandenong City with ambitions of a season-defining win, but their hopes were quickly squashed in what turned into a humbling defeat.
The league’s top side on enemy territory loomed as a tough task and it was exactly that, with the Suns battered 5-0 in one of their heaviest defeats of the season.
The home side led from nine minutes into the clash at Frank Holohan Soccer Complex, through Shaun Filipovic, before the advantage doubled eight minutes later through Liam McCormick.
The Suns dug in and worked their way into the contest, but could not find a goal before the half, with the score 2-0 at the break.
And just before the hour Filipovic was back to his scoring ways, adding his second goal as City took full control.
The damage continued to pile on late in the game, with two goals in the space of six minutes for Ben Everson completing the 5-0 scoreline.
As the results suggests, Suns coach Craig Carley said his side was outplayed.
‘‘They were just too good for us,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re a very good side and outplayed and outbattled us.
‘‘They were completely on top all over the pitch and it was disappointing from our perspective.’’
City, which moved to the top of the National Premier League Two east table after Moreland City drew with Springvale White Eagles, is unbeaten in six games and clearly is the league’s form side.
‘‘They’re just solid as a unit and a good team, but we probably gifted them a couple of goals with individual errors that could have been avoided,’’ he said.
‘‘But full credit has to go to them.’’
It was the Suns’ equal-heaviest loss of the season, bringing back memories of the 6-1 hammering at the hands of Melbourne City back in round five.
Carley hoped it was merely a bad day at the office rather than an illustration of the distance between his side and the league’s best.
‘‘I think so, it certainly wasn’t a very good performance from us,’’ he said.
‘‘We didn’t play like we can or stick to our gameplan. But I don’t think we gave a good account of ourselves, I feel we are a better side than that.’’
●Dandenong City sealed the daily double with a 4-2 win in the under-20s.
Alou Kuol scored both goals for the Suns, but his brace was the shining light on an otherwise miserable day for the side.