Box Hill United U/14 boys’ head coach Matt Sultana showered high praise on his charges following a 2-1 comeback victory over Bulleen Lions on Saturday.
Box Hill U/13, U/15 and U/16 boys also remained unbeaten on this Round 8 matchday, as the JBNPL resumed after a Covid-19-enforced layoff.
Sultana reviewed the U/14s’ winning display saying, “We knew the first game back was going to be difficult. Both teams were tied on 18 points, so we knew it was going to be a tough one.
“We started off a bit slow going 1-0 down and had a challenge in the second-half. [So], we are very proud of how the boys responded to get the two goals and take away the three points.”
Sultana singled out how his players had come back fit and prepared to play, which went a long way to helping them impress on the pitch.
“They all came back much fitter than they [had] left, which was very pleasing to see. Their application in training has been fantastic, just to make sure that when we do come back to games, we pick up where we [had] left off,” he said.
“We have turned a corner. The training has been excellent, and it shows on the park how much we have improved.”
While the second mini pre-season for teams posed a unique set of challenges, Sultana saw it as a blessing in disguise for his team.
He reasoned, “Originally, we had a bit of a disrupted pre-season. So, we did not actually have a lot of time to prepare for the initial start of the season.
“By comparison, we had a great run-in for this game [against Bulleen]. We had plenty of time to get ourselves organised, to make sure that when we did come back, that we came back firing.”