FFA Cup: Casey Comets v GV Suns preview

By Alex Mitchell

Four Goulburn Valley Suns youngsters could be in line for some action when the Orangemen begin their FFA Cup tonight.

Lucas Enders, Willie Sauiluma, Harun Aktas and Fraser Gosstray — all members of the Suns’ under-20s squad — will travel with the seniors as they head to Melbourne to face the Casey Comets in the fourth Victorian round of the cup.

The Suns, who have won just once in five National Premier League Two fixtures, will face State League One’s Comets, who sit sixth in the South-East division.

It provides Suns coach Craig Carley the perfect opportunity to rotate his squad, with the younger players to get their chance to shine.

‘‘We want to expose them to senior football in the right way, and the FFA Cup is a fantastic opportunity to do that,’’ Carley said.

‘‘Harun has really impressed me with his attitude, he’s got himself really fit.

‘‘And Willie has been the same, he’s stepped up this season, I think those couple of seasons in the BASL set him back a bit, but he’s back up to speed now.

‘‘He’s knocking on the door for a call-up to the senior side, and Fraser is the same, barring his red card in the under-20s a couple of weeks ago he’d be in the squad already.’’

Enders will start in goal, with regular custodian Fraser Greenwood suffering a quad injury that will keep him out of action for a number of weeks.

The Comets boast one known quantity in former Sun and Tatura utility Lewis Coyle — but he will not be in action, cup-tied after taking part in the Ibises’ cup run.

‘‘There’s a lot of unknown going down there to face them,’’ Carley said.

‘‘We know Lewis Coyle just signed there and a few boys I know quite well have played them quite recently, so I’ve reached out to them.

‘‘They’re a good footballing team from all accounts, they like to get the ball forward quickly, they’re a State League One side and it’s a good opportunity for us to get a welcome break from the league.’’

The Suns have not kept a clean sheet in 15 games, a streak that dates back to last season, but are clear favourites to record a win tonight and perhaps spark the lifeless season into action.

‘‘Obviously we want to go as far as we can, we’re not taking the competition lightly,’’ Carley said.

‘‘It adds games to our schedule and that’s an opportunity to look at our younger players and see if they’re ready for senior action, there’s a big difference between under-20s and seniors.’’