Dan Hardy of Moore Park.
Dan Hardy of Moore Park.

Moore Park in pursuit of cup

MOORE Park has continued its ascension through the ranks of the Meccano Cup with a defeat of Hervey Bay United in the first inter-city fixture of the competition.

The Archem Premier League heavyweights waved the Football Bundaberg flag high in a 4-0 victory of United.

Coach Bruce Leslight said the win should serve as a warning for Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie teams in the competition.

“There’s been a lot of talk about which region has the best footballers and we want to help establish Bundaberg as the best football centre,” he said

Moore Park wasted no time in the Marten’s Oval encounter with in-form striker Brendan Banks weaving through Hervey Bay defenders to score a goal in the first minute.

A well-honed midfield ensured a constant flow of football to Moore Park strikers and had the Hervey Bay backline in overdrive.

Banks continued to be a dominant force for the remainder of the game earning a hat-trick with another two goals early in the second half.

“He was on song for the entire match,” Leslight said.

“He was mobile, aggressive and seemed to be in the right place at the right time, all the time.”

Moore Park division one newcomer Justin Bates proved his worth scoring his first goal since joining the team.

Bates came off the bench late in the second half to score off his first touch of the ball and hammer home the final nail in the coffin for Hervey Bay.

The clean-sheet defeat has boosted the confidence of Leslight as the business-end of the competition approaches.

“It was a goal we had when we entered the game and if we keep playing to that standard of football we will be in good stead for the remainder of the cup,” Leslight said.

Across The Waves also tasted victory in the Meccano Cup competition in a 4-1 defeat of Maryborough team Sunbury.

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