A CALAMITY of early errors has seen Ballarat Red Devils suffer a disappointing loss to Port Melbourne in round 20 of the National Premier Leagues Victoria season.
The McDonalds Reds conceded two goals in six minutes in the opening stanza to set up a 3-1 defeat at JL Murphy Reserve on Wednesday night.
An own goal from Shaun Romein and a tap-in from Lambros Honos at the 16 and 24-minute marks handed the Sharks a near unassailable lead in ferociously windy conditions.
Deng Aguek kept the visitors in touch with a brilliant left-footed strike just moments before the Honos goal, but Port Melbourne was able to enter the break with a crucial one-goal advantage.
Ballarat squandered a host of opportunities in the second-half and eventually tired well before the final whistle as the Shark’s controlled the final 25 minutes of the match.