A BRIEF lapse in concentration has cost Sebastopol Vikings the chance of a maiden victory in Football Federation Victoria’s state league four.
The Vikings dominated most of Saturday’s play against Melton Phoenix but still finished on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline at MacPherson Park.
Despite holding possession for much of the match and entering half-time at 0-0, the Vikings were caught napping in the opening minutes of the second half and conceded a goal to Phoenix’s Jason Moody.
Vikings Coach Michael Busija couldn’t fault the team on the day and believes that time will be a key factor in its quest for early victories.
“I thought we played well, we probably had the better of the match but couldn’t find our way through their defence,” Busija said.
“It (Melton’s goal) was a well-made counter-attack, but probably the only shot they had in the second half.
“I was disappointed in the result but more disappointed for the players – the football they produced deserved a better result than what they got.
“We’ve had a slightly disrupted pre-season and it will take a little bit of time for our squad to get used to each other.”
Jonathan Davey was excellent in defence for the Vikings while Matt Jamieson was damaging through the midfield.
The club has been boosted by the signing of Shaya Almousa, who played about 25 minutes of Saturday’s match.
Vikings will host its first game for the season when it takes on top four stalwart Hoppers Crossing this Saturday.
FOOTBALL FEDERATION VICTORIA
Melton 1 d Vikings 0
Surf Coast 5 d Bell Park 4
Strathmore 6 d Brimbank 32
Hoppers Crossing 5 d Altona North 2
Laverton Park 1 d Point Cook 0
Maribyrnong 0 drew with Melbourne City 0
Vikings 3 d Melton 1