Vikings suffer a ‘heartbreaker’ of a loss as late goal denies them

Sebastopol Vikings suffered a “heartbreaker” of a loss to Football Federation Victoria state league three ladder leader Epping City, conceding a goal in the 88th minute.

Coach Corey Smith felt his team outplayed City on Saturday, but it means little now as the quality outfit found a way to win 1-0.

After some quality shots were kept out by City’s keeper, a Vikings error in the backhalf turned the ball over and Epping City’s Aneek Rodrigues fired towards goal.

Sebastopol goalkeeper Michael Henry got his hands to it, but was unable to keep it out.

TUSSLE: Sebastopol Vikings' Will Georgiou and Epping City's Lucas Ruffino jostle for position over the ball on Saturday.

TUSSLE: Sebastopol Vikings' Will Georgiou and Epping City's Lucas Ruffino jostle for position over the ball on Saturday.

Smith rated the display as the team’s best performance of the season, but was not accepting of honourable losses.

“We were definitely the better team yesterday,” Smith said.

“The performance was first-class, especially after last week which was a pretty average performance.

“We outplayed the top team...that’s some consolation, but pretty devastated to not get the result.

ON THE BREAK: Vikings Matthew Jamieson finds space during the weekend's FFV state league three clash with ladder leader Epping City. Pictures: Kate Healy

ON THE BREAK: Vikings Matthew Jamieson finds space during the weekend's FFV state league three clash with ladder leader Epping City. Pictures: Kate Healy

“I’d say it was our best performance of the season.

“(But) we don’t want to just compete, we want to beat a top side.”

Epping City is undefeated this season, a draw the only blemish, while the Vikings have slipped to seventh after a couple of lean weeks, but overall it has been a smooth transition to state league three.

Vikings face Heidelberg Stars next week.