Ballarat City went down 3-0 to Moreland City on Saturday, but it was far from a doom and gloom scenario.
Coach Danny Gnjidic could not fault his side’s performance as it was made to pay for a couple of critical errors against a quality side.
Goalkeeper Aaron Romein had a day he’d rather forget, letting through a couple of goals that – while being slightly unlucky – he would expect to save. However, Gnjidic said the group continued to create chances but could not breakthrough.
“Our game, sometimes, is a game where the difference between a success and a failure is a really fine line,” Gnjidic said.
“I thought performance-wise, it was an excellent performance from our team and it’s disappointing we didn’t get anything out of it. I can’t fault their performance today.
“We kept creating opportunities...it was one of those days, unfortunately, where nothing really went for us.
“When goals are really hard to come by and we’re conceding them in ways that would make the highlights reel of a bloopers show – it’s pretty hard to take.”
Moreland City, which sits in the top two of the eastern conference, scored at the 10-minute mark, just before half-time and then after 54 minutes.
Gnjidic said while his group did not require luck to be successful, after a difficult start to the season, a bit of luck to kick-start its campaign would not go astray.
“The football gods just aren’t looking down on us, but it’s only early in the season...you don’t want to be relying on luck, but we wouldn’t mind a fair rub of the green.”