Fired up Suns stun Gold Coast

The North Coast Suns have begun their Summer Soccer Youth Development Series in good form, sending the physical Gold Coast squad packing with a thrilling 3-1 win at Burleigh on Saturday. The Suns sucked up plenty of pressure throughout the match, with midfielders Joel Rudgley and Mario Tinning tireless in defence and precise in attack. Although the Gold Coast dominated possession they simply couldnt convert, while the Suns were sharp up front.

Striker Tom Ruhl from Byron Bay scored within three minutes of the opening whistle on the back of a long throw from Eden Robinson. The second goal came against the run of play with super sub Broden Hirst easily skinning the keeper in a one on one.

Goonellabahs Daniel Morrow sealed the victory after flicking in a free kick from Robinson midway through the second half.

The Gold Coast picked up a late consolation goal.

Im very pleased both with the result and the way the boys earned it, said Suns coach Howard Stubbs. Its given us a good platform to build on for the rest of the series.

Apart from Rudgley, Tinning and Robinson, Craig Attawells work in goal was something to behold.

The Suns first home game next Saturday, against the Queensland Academy of Sport in Byron Bay has been postponed.

Flames fade

The North Coast Flames squandered a two goal lead as they ran out of legs in their drawn match against South Brisbane United in their Womens Summer Soccer League clash at East Brisbane on Saturday.

The Flames produced plenty of chances but succeeded in only two first half goals, going to the break up 2-1 thanks to the boot of Abigail Aladice.

However, a soft penalty in the second term allowed South Brisbane the equaliser and by that stage the Flames were dead on their feet.

We stuck to our game plan in the first half and looked good, but missed chances cost us and our fitness let us down towards the end, so well need to work on that, said coach Crystal Gollan.

Sophie Towner and defender Mindy Davis put in determined efforts. The Flames remain undefeated and will be keen to stay in finals contention when they travel to the Sunshine Coast next weekend for their third round clash with Peninsular Power.

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