LUCK escaped Ringwood City in its 3-0 loss to White Star Dandenong on Saturday.
City missed several key chances in the first half and had even less luck in the second half as White Star took control of the game.
City coach Fabrizio Rocchi said his young side continued to improve but didn't do enough to beat White Star.
He said White Star was lucky not to have a defender sent off in the first half after a City player was tackled while in a one-on-one with the goal-keeper.
"Our striker was tackled badly in front of goal and the defender didn't get any card," Rocchi said.
"We also had a handball in box and it was given only as a free kick - we were very unlucky. But with the way we played in the second half, we didn't deserve to win.
Rocchi said his side was beginning to adapt to his style of play but needed more consistency.
"I'm happy that we have achieved a few things but we have one game better and one game not good. We have already started to work on things for next season."
Ringwood City host Old Trinity Grammarians at Jubilee Park, Ringwood, at 3pm this Saturday.