By Tara Murray
Sunbury United grinded out a hard-fought win against Sebastopol Vikings in FFV state league 3 north-west on Saturday.
Sunbury got the ascendency early at home with an early score and looked to press further ahead. The Vikings fought back hard, but in the end, Sunbury did enough to record a 1-0 win.
Sunbury’s Danny Moore said it wasn’t a pretty win.
“We had a really good start and came out blazing and were able to score,” he said.
“We looked liked we would have a solid start and looked to double that score.
“The longer it was we didn’t get the second goal, the more Sebastopol came more into the game.
“In the end it was a tight affair and sometimes you just have to grind out the results.”
Moore said they had opportunities to extend the lead throughout the game but hadn’t been able to convert.
He said if they had been able to get a second goal, they thought they could break the game open. Tomislav-Ante Trbuhovich was the goalscorer for Sunbury.
Moore praised James Micevski in the middle, while Daniel Sousa was really strong in defence.
The win is Sunbury’s third in a row and helps cement its spot in the top bunch of sides.
It sits second on 13 points with a 4-1-1 record, behind leaders Lalor United, which has won all six of its games, on 18 points.
Moore said getting a good start to the season was vital for them.
He said any side was capable of beating any other team in this competition, meaning consistency was a key for any side looking at promotion.
“It’s always important to get a good start to the season, to keep pace with the front runners,” he said.
“Lalor is setting the pace early and it’s important to keep up with them and potentially break away from the rest of the sides.
“After last week’s win against Fawkner, which is a side around the mix, we wanted to consolidate that result.
“It was good to be challenged this week.”
Sunbury this week faces Point Cook, away.
In state league 4 west, Gisborne won its second straight match, with a 4-1 win against Laverton. Gisborne scored all four goals in the first half to put the game out of Laverton’s reach.
Stratos Cantaro scored twice for the Sky Blues, while Joseph Cavoli and Jake McIntyre scored the other two goals.
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