The Goulburn Valley Suns’ under-20s continued to pinball between winning and losing, falling 2-1 to Ballarat City on Saturday at Morshead Park.
The Suns’ form reads loss, win, loss, win and loss in the past five weeks, unable to back up their 3-0 win against Werribee City the previous weekend with another result.
It did not take long for City to grab the lead, ahead inside three minutes through Denelson Salvatore.
A cagey first half had Zac Hutchison and Harun Aktas booked, but no further damage would be done to the scoreboard, despite the Suns controlling the bulk of the play.
It took until the 72nd minute for the Suns to burn into action, finding an equaliser through Elijah Brooker to tie the scores at 1-1.
It continued a remarkable scoring run for Brooker, with goals in three consecutive games, as well as seven total for the season.
But parity would last for just four minutes, as City wrestled back the lead through Abraham Eldridge, completing the 2-1 scoreline.
Coach Stuart Vance felt his side had not produced a good account of itself.
‘‘Really disappointing result at the weekend, the long journey took its toll and we started really sluggishly,’’ he said.
‘‘We conceded an early goal against a team we really should have been beating after beating the top of the table last week — to lose to the bottom of the table was really disappointing.
‘‘A lot of players didn’t really show up or perform the way we expect of them.
‘‘All in all it was disappointing, we expect a lot better — the standards we set at the start of the season, none of the players met them. We’ll be working hard at training during the week to rectify that.’’