Suns under-20s to tackle Box Hill

By Alex Mitchell

Goulburn Valley’s under-20s did not find the start to the National Premier League season they were after, and their task tonight is to gain redemption.

Beaten 1-0 by Springvale White Eagles, the young Suns will be out to play up to their immense potential and win their first home game of the season against Box Hill United.

United started its campaign with a bang against Northcote City, scoring twice in the first 18 minutes on its way to a 3-2 win.

Suns’ coach Stuart Vance said it was up to his troops to deliver a response.

‘‘We’re obviously looking for a more positive response this week against Box Hill; obviously disappointed in last week’s performance, (we are) looking for a better response from the more senior players,’’ he said.

‘‘All in all we’re looking for an extra 10 per cent on what we gave last week.’’

Young guns Marcus Thomas, Lucas Enders and Stefan Pigatto will join the squad from last weekend’s team, all three strengthening a team already boasting a rich crop of talent.

Vance, who said post-game midfielder Harun Aktas had been the pick of the players, knew United would ask more pressing questions than the White Eagles, meaning his side had to be on its toes.

‘‘I think we lost 1-0 last week to a very average team and I think Box Hill are going to be a lot stronger,’’ he said.

‘‘So we really have to be at our best to take home the three points, hopefully.’’

The Suns will have happy memories of facing United at McEwen Reserve, having claimed a 7-5 win early last season in which 20s’ graduate Alou Kuol netted all seven.