SUNBURY 12.15 (87) defeated REDAN 7.15 (57)
"WHEN they had the opportunity to score, they did, but we didn't."
Redan coach Eammon Gill was left to rue his side's missed chances on Saturday, as the Western Lions were swept aside by Sunbury in the final quarter.
For almost all of the second term and most of the third, the maroon and gold had control of the ball but failed to capitalise on its domination across the ground.
The Sunbury defence was stoic, but Redan simply failed to convert.
Trailing by 24 points in the early stages of the second quarter after Simon Clarke claimed a huge pack mark and converted, the Western Lions clawed their way back into the match in a matter of moments.
A courageous contested mark at the other end by Dan Colbert and two goals on the trot by crumbing forward Mitch Phelps all of a sudden saw the margin all but obliterated.
But, in reality, Redan should have had some breathing space on the scoreboard.
Phelps at one stage had kicked 1.4, symptomatic of his side's scoreline of 2.6 in the second term.
Brendan Peace also missed a makeable shot early in the third term and Dean Chester finished with 0.3 in his first game back from a hamstring injury.
"We just didn't take our chances," Gill said.
"When the game was there to be won in the last quarter, they outplayed us, no doubt.
"But when we were on top, we didn't take full advantage at all."
Redan has not beaten Sunbury in the past seven outings between the two sides, but Gill does not believe there is a psychological barrier.
"I don't think it's mental," he said.
"They do have a good record against us.
"But I'm not even thinking of Sunbury again until next time we play them.
"We've got a game to win next week now."