Another Alou Kuol goal has sealed three more points for the Goulburn Valley Suns’ under-20s.
The red-hot youngster scored in the opening minutes of the Suns’ clash with Murray United, with a gutsy defensive performance enough for them to hold on for a 1-0 win.
It was the side’s third straight win and its fourth without defeat, a stretch that has taken it to fourth on the NPL2 under-20 table.
Coach Stuart Vance was extremely satisfied his side knuckled down and kept a clean sheet after a few weeks of leaking goals.
‘‘It was a really tight game, I don’t think it was our best performance, but what really pleased me was the fact we kept a clean sheet,’’ he said.
‘‘We ground out a really hard-fought win.
‘‘(Keeping a clean sheet) was the focus coming in, I was really disappointed with our previous two performances; not just the amount of goals but the way we conceded them.
‘‘We really wanted to focus on that and to the boys’ credit they did that.’’
Kuol’s goal — his 12th in three weeks — was concocted on the training ground, and Vance was thrilled the work on the track had paid off.
‘‘The goal we scored was really pleasing, because it was a set piece we designed on the training ground,’’ he said.
‘‘We’d tried it a few times and finally on the weekend it worked perfectly and Alou was in the right position.
‘‘It was very pleasing to see something we’d worked on like that come off in a game.’’
The young Suns have won 5-3, 7-5 and 1-0 in their past three games, an impressive stretch of form that encouraged the coach his side would compete going forward.
‘‘I think we’re doing reasonably well, I was really disappointed with the games we lost because I felt we were the better side,’’ he said.
‘‘To get some results is really good, we’re working on the negatives, and slowly that is producing wins.’’
Next up is an away trip on Saturday to face the North Geelong Warriors.