Suns shock reigning premiers
THE North Coast Suns have triggered the first major upset of the Summer Soccer Youth League, with a stirring 4-3 win over reigning champions Sunshine Coast Hawks at Cleveland on Sunday.
After a first-up 2-0 loss to Palm Beach, few would have expected the Suns to trouble the title-holders, but they showed their true potential by stunning the Hawks with an aggressive first half, followed by solid defence in the second.
In a brilliant display of attacking soccer the Suns piled on four first-half goals, two from James Hirst and one apiece for Tom Guttormsen and Tom Ruhl.
The shell-shocked Hawks pulled one goal back just before half-time and came out fired up for the second half, pushing players forward and going on the offensive.
The Suns had little choice but to defend their lead, with the back three of Jack Williamson, Joel Saye and Lewis Evans leading the way, along with holding midfielder Daniel Morrow.
While the Hawks managed to claw two goals back, the Suns had a disallowed goal of their own from Tom Ruhl, but in the end coach Jonathan Harlen was more than happy to accept a 4-3 win.
"It was a huge improvement on last week, the guys were simply outstanding," Harlen said.
The Suns next clash will be in Lismore against Rochedale Rovers on Saturday as part of a double-header that will also feature Brisbane Force taking on Palm Beach Sharks.