Suns make it three in a row
By MARK ROBINSON
THE North Coast Suns have notched their third straight win in the Summer Youth League, producing a brilliant display of attacking soccer to demolish Brisbane Force 5-2 at Palm Beach on Saturday.
The Force had no answer to the pace and support play of the Suns attack, with predatory striker Tom Guttormsen leading the way with a hat-trick.
Joel Gosper and Tom Ruhl also found the net in a performance described by Suns coach Jonathan Harlen as 'a pleasure to watch'.
In a testament to their enterprising play, the Suns have now racked up 11 goals in their past three games and jumped to second place on the ladder, their best performance in three seasons of competing in the Summer League.
While Guttormsen was an obvious star for the Suns with his hat-trick, plenty of others had excellent games, with Joel Gosper keeping things composed in midfield, Lucas MacPherson and Eden Robinson dangerous on the flanks and Kyle Sutton strong in defence. Tom Ruhl also combined well with Guttormsen up front with some deft touches and well-weighted passes.
"The boys are playing very well at the moment, attacking quickly and running off each other with good understanding, so we're looking forward to next week's home game against Redlands, who are running last," Harlen said.
n The North Coast Flames have come to terms with the pace of the inaugural Women's Summer League, securing their first point thanks to a 3-3 draw with The Gap in Brisbane on Saturday.
After opening their campaign with two losses the Flames desperately needed to lift their intensity and did so, producing their best performance to date.
"Before the game I asked the girls for intensity and physical commitment and they delivered. I'm proud of the whole side," said coach Jonathan Harlen.
Strikers Courtney Nelson and Jenna Gollan (two) shared the goals, while others to shine included tireless flanker Teonie Rushton and midfielder Gypsy Hectl, who adjusted well to her new defensive role, snuffing out numerous threats from the Gap.
The result is sure to lift confidence levels in the Flames camp, with The Gap rated as one of the stronger sides in the League.