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Goulburn Valley Suns thrash Moama Echuca Border Raiders in practice match

By Shepparton News

Goulburn Valley Suns lived up to expectations in their thrashing of Bendigo Amateur Soccer League side Moama Echuca Border Raiders on Saturday.

The 15-1 scoreline at Jack Eddy Oval at Moama was a reflection of the vast gap in class between the sides, and what stage their pre-seasons are respectively at.

Recently-signed Suns No.9 Ahmet Turer made the most of his chance in the starting 11, banging in no less than five goals; while young gun Alou Kuol bagged a hat-trick of his own.

Suns coach Craig Carley grabbed a brace and the five other goals were dispersed between five visiting players.

Border Raiders president Darryl Brown said the green and black were better prepared for the BASL season because of the hit-out — despite what the scoreline may suggest.

‘‘We’re only a week and a bit into our preparations, so to have a club with the class of the GV Suns come to play here, that’s fantastic for us,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We were really happy with the game itself and, if you take away the scoreline, we actually had some nice passages of play in there.

‘‘And we’re only going to get better from here on in. We hope to have a few more players make themselves available to us in the coming games.’’

The Suns thanked the Border Raiders on Facebook for the hit-out and for their hospitality.

The club stated it looked (forward) to building positive relationships with BASL teams.

With a thrashing already under their belts before Christmas, the Suns will shift their attention to hosting Albury Wodonga Football Association back-to-back minor and major champion Myrtleford Savoy on Saturday at McEwen Reserve.

Kick off is at 11am.