Sunbury United’s FFV state league 2 north-west season got off on the wrong foot with a comprehensive loss to Altona City on Saturday.
Playing its first match in state league 2 north-west after being relegated in the off season, United was outplayed in the 4-1 loss, all five goals coming in the first half.
And if City hadn’t wasted so many opportunities, the margin could have been greater.
With complete control of the game, City locked it down in the second half to ensure all three points.
In state league 5 west, Kyneton District started the season with a 1-1 draw against Golden Plains.
Kyneton played the match with a lot of determination, cohesion and fluency and hit the front with 10 minutes to go.
Fittingly, the scorer was skipper Callum Fletcher, who finally earned his reward for creating problems for Golden Plains up front all game.
Plains levelled the scores not long after to ensure the teams took home a point each.
Elsewhere, Gisborne lost 1-0 to Keilor Wolves in its opening-round match.
Gisborne’s women’s team exited the knockout competition with a 9-3 thrashing by Brighton.