Suns brightened ? season?s best
The North Coast Suns produced their best performance of the Summer Soccer League, thrashing Slacks Creek 5-1 at Underwood Park, Brisbane, on Saturday night.
The Suns dominated from the outset and led 2-0 by half-time, before going on with the job in the second half.
Striker Tom Guttormsen starred with a hat-trick of goals and at times ripped to shreds the Slacks Creek defence.
James Hirst and Daniel Morrow also found the target, but unfortunately for the Suns the win was not enough to scrape into the quarter-finals.
The last spot went to South West Queensland when they secured a point from a 3-all draw in their pool group.
Despite coming agonisingly close to the second stage of the competition, coach Paul Foster was not disappointed.
"The side has reached the point we wanted to get to in terms of being a mature, structured side and every player has improved and benefited from that," he said.
One of the most pleasing aspects for Foster was the performance of the younger players such as 16-year-olds Riley Hechtl and Tim Wallace, who will be all the better for the experience next summer.
The exposure gained from the Summer Series has also benefited Tom Guttormsen and Lucas MacPherson, with Guttormsen signed by Rochedale Rovers and MacPherson trialing at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Foster is off to the AIS next month for a one-year coaching course and, if his efforts with the Suns over the past two summers are any indication, has a big future ahead as a coach.