There are some worrying signs for Keilor Park just two weeks out from the start of its Football Federation Victoria league campaign.
The Eagles barely fired a shot in a dismal 2-0 loss to Berwick City in the FFA Cup at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve on Saturday and have been fairly lacklustre for most of the preseason.
Eagles president Paul Portelli said the first team has plenty of “homework” to cram into the remainder of their preseason.
“It was a pretty poor effort today,” he said.
“The boys weren’t in it, they were outplayed and it’s a credit to Berwick, they just wanted it more.
“The performances haven’t been crash hot this preseason, so hopefully we can turn it around when the league starts.”
Keilor Park began the game well, but could not sustain its effort. The Eagles were disappointed not to take an early lead when recruit Goran Jozeljic placed his header wide.
At the other end, Eagles goalkeeper Mark Spiteri was forced into a highlight reel.
“He dived one way, the ball went the other way and he put his foot out and it went over the crossbar,” Portelli said. “It was a miraculous save from point-blank range.”
Keilor Park conceded in the 25th minute and then again in the second half.
In other FFA Cup results, North Sunshine Eagles batted Keilor Wolves 7-0 at Paisley Park.
Western Suburbs progressed with a 1-0 win over Geelong Rangers, but Westgate perished after a 4-0 hammering from Preston Lions.
Brimbank Stallions went down 3-1 to Brandon Park, but Sydenham Park was victorious 4-2 over Warragul United.
In the NPL, Green Gully defeated Bulleen Lions 2-0 at Green Gully Reserve on Friday, courtesy of double from Nick Krousoratis.
In NPL2 west, St Albans Saints piled on the misery for Sunshine George Cross in a 7-0 annihilation at Churchill Reserve on Sunday.
In women’s NPL, Melinda BarbieriJ scored a hat-trick to lead Calder United to an 8-1 win over NTC.