Suns looking to add to list of conquests

August 12, 2017

Expect a youthful Goulburn Valley Suns line-up on Saturday when the region’s premier side hosts Melbourne Victory.

With Matt Lelliott suspended, Shaun Kane overseas and a few others in doubt, Nick Kalafatis could field a youthful 11 against Victory.

‘‘There are a few players out this week so we have an opportunity to give some of the younger guys a chance,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘It is going to be a tough game against Victory, but a game that we are looking forward to playing in.’’

Alou Kuol, who has scored 14 goals in the under-20s, is likely to get his first start for the senior side after making six cameo appearances off the bench, while Rocky Papalia will also be in the squad.

A catch-up round has meant the Suns had the week off, but that did not stop Kalafatis putting his men through their paces with just three rounds to go.

Last week the National Premier League outfit squared off against Shepparton South in a friendly, while fellow Bendigo Amateur Soccer League outfit Shepparton also tested itself against the Suns on Tuesday.

‘‘It was good to get some run in the boys’ legs,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘We rotated the squad a little bit and some of the younger boys were given an opportunity to get out and showcase their abilities.’’

Fabrice Ebe will miss this weekend due to other commitments, while winger Ramah Taya will also be absent from the squad.

But Kalafatis will welcome back Geordie Lelliott.

Lelliott can feature in defence or the midfield for the Suns and, if it is the former, the youngster will have his work cut out against Victory.

Despite sitting ninth on the table, Victory has scored the fourth most amount of goals in the west division, with Nicholas Sette (10) and Pierce Waring (10) leading that way.

Playing at home it will be a great chance for the Suns to put on a clinic in front of home faithful when they face Victory, which has shipped 50 goals.

The Suns have scored 47 of their own this season with Welsh winger Rob Hughes responsible for 10 of them, while captain Jamie England, the departed Liam Baxter and Kane all having registered five.

The Suns’ last victory came three weeks ago against Melbourne City.

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