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Young Suns looking to rise again after two losses and a bye

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August 12, 2017

Fred Zito’s Goulburn Valley Suns’ under-20s take on Melbourne Victory at McEwen Reserve.

There is no tougher task than playing league leader Melbourne Victory.

Fred Zito’s Goulburn Valley Suns’ under-20s are fresh off the break and, in the first game back, will need to mix it with the National Premier League west division flyers.

Victory, which travels to McEwen Reserve today, sits four points clear in its respective division and last round defeated the Springvale White Eagles 3-2, while the Suns have lost two games on the trot.

Fred Zito’s charges are sixth in the east division, 19 points worse off than Victory.

After 25 games, the region’s premier side has won nine games in comparison to Victory’s 17.

Dionis Shabani leads the line for Victory with 13 goals, while Alou Kuol has been the Suns’ shinning light this season with 14.

However, it is Victory’s spread of goal scorers that is most impressive.

Grant Brebner has seen Brandon Jansz (6), Michael Radziminski (8), Thomas Hidic (9) as well as Shabani score more than five goals this season, while the Suns only have two.

Rocky Papalia, who will be playing in the seniors, is the only other prolific scorer this season having netted five goals, meaning Zito will need to find more avenues to goal if the side is to beat Victory.

Brebner’s young side likes to play an offensive brand of football, which is why it averages more than three goals a game.

Victory has won four of the past five games and in that period managed to score 17 goals, while the Suns have only scored three times.

Zito’s young side has suffered two consecutive 1-0 defeats and, if results do not go its way, could drop to as low as seventh.

Before the two defeats Zito’s side was playing some of its best football this season and the second-year coach will be hoping his side can get back to the form which saw it undefeated in five matches.

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