BALLARAT Red Devils’ Dockerty Cup run is over after bombing out against reigning trophy holders Green Gully on Saturday.
In what was without doubt the McDonalds Reds’ biggest challenge to date as they await their opening National Premier League Victoria clash, they went down 1-2 in a spirited performance.
Simon Murphy found the back of the net early in the opening half to give Ballarat the lead and could have extended the margin to two goals when a strong header was saved.
Former Melbourne Victory defender Roddy Vargas snared the first goal for Green Gully at the 35-minute mark, before his team sealed the game in the second half.
The Reds’ first NPLV match will be played against Goulburn Valley Suns in Shepparton on Saturday.