Suns hoping to apply heat to Lions’ ladder place

July 15, 2017

Eyes on the ball: Hakeem Alaraibi jostles Ballarat opponent Dominic Swinton for this header.

Two wins, two draws and a loss has the Goulburn Valley Suns well placed heading into today’s National Premier League under-20s clash against Eastern Lions.

Fred Zito’s charges have enjoyed a run of form and will be tested against the Lions, who sit sixth.

Kicking off at 2pm on the hallowed McEwen Reserve turf, the visitors enter the region having not lost its past five games.

Before a run of four wins, the Lions were near the bottom of the table, but have gone on to defeat Murray United, Ballarat, Melbourne City and Moreland Zebras, before drawing with Moreland City 1-1 last week.

During the stretch, the Lions had conceded only two goals, with three clean sheets, while scoring 13 goals.

Dakota Mcallan-D’Brass has netted 12 goals in 18 matches for the visitors, while Billy Ellen has four.

If Mohammed Al-Gazaly, Todd Wallace and Hussien Sumaili can stop Mcallan-D’Brass, it will go a long way to helping the Suns register another win.

For the Suns, Alou Koul leads the line with blistering pace, having scored 13 goals, while Rocky Papalia has a handful of his own.

A win today will see the Suns jump the Lions into sixth.

The Suns have conceded more than they have scored for the season, leaving Zito’s side with a goal difference of minus three.

The side concedes an average of 1.6 goals a game, having kept four clean sheets in 22 outings.

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