Feeling a ton of Altona pain

May 29, 2018

Suns' Craig Carley tries to get around the outstretched Daniel Mitwali.

Suns' Billy Marshall skips around Altona's Melvin Becket.

A serious amount of bodies compete for the aerial ball.

Suns' Greg Nash beats Altona's Mark Pistininzi in an aerial battle.

Altona Magic came to Shepparton on Saturday night and left 90 minutes later with three important points.

Goulburn Valley Suns battled hard against the National Premier League Two western division’s second-ranked side, but could not break through for a goal in a disappointing 1-0 loss.

Jon McShane’s 26th-minute goal proved the difference in the second straight week the Suns were kept goalless.

Suns coach Craig Carley was flat his troops had left another decent display with nothing to show for it.

‘‘It just doesn’t feel like we’re getting the rub of the green at the moment; Altona only really had one shot of significance and it fell to their striker in the box,’’ he said.

‘‘We certainly huffed and puffed to get back into the game and we were camped in their half for pretty much the entire second half.

‘‘There were a few goal-line scrambles, but we’re obviously disappointed not to get anything from the game.’’

The Suns had a good share of possession and territorial dominance, but again lacked a killer instinct up front.

‘‘I think our approach play (was off), we were a bit direct in the first half,’’ he said.

‘‘We did have a number of good opportunities though, Adam Gatcum had a good chance in the first half, but it was just one of those games.

‘‘It was a game of few real chances, we got the ball in and around the box, but they were able to clear the danger.’’

Still sixth on the table, the GV’s ambition of being at the pointy end of the competition is in question, yet remains just three points back from Melbourne City in third.

The East division’s top two — Moreland City and Dandenong City — have broken away from the chasing peloton, eight points clear of third-placed Melbourne City and 11 clear of the Suns.

Carley said a competent display — particularly defensively — against a quality side encouraged him, but his side would need to turn close losses into points to make an impact.

‘‘(Altona) was well drilled, and a good team, and that goes to show we can match it with sides like that,’’ he said.

‘‘But we do need to start picking up some results against the bigger and better teams.’’

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