Ben Cahn captains the Noosa Lions this year.
Ben Cahn captains the Noosa Lions this year. John Mccutcheon

Upton guides Noosa to derby win

A hat-trick from teenage striker Danny Upton has guided Noosa to a 3-0 win in their inaugural Coast derby with Cooroora.

The 18-year-old slotted all three goals for the home side as they moved to third spot on the McDonald’s Premier League ladder.

Noosa coach Richard Hudson said the most pleasing aspect of the win was his side’s ability to keep a clean sheet.

While praising the team’s all-round effort, he said Upton’s three-goal haul was indicative he had a big future at the club.

“(Upton) has come through the club and always done well, scores lots of goals,” Hudson said.

“And he’s starting to get used to senior football and the quickness of it.”

Upton opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he headered it home.

In front of a large crowd for the first match between the two sides since Cooroora entered the competition at the start of the year, Noosa took a 1-nil lead into half-time.

Hudson described the second stanza as a “scrappy affair”, but was happy with his team’s ability to get the decisive goals.

Upton gave his side a two-goal advantage in the 60th minute when he found the net from the edge of the box.

He took the game out of Cooroora’s reach in the 70th when Noosa captain Ben Cahn was brought down inside the box and slotted home the penalty shot.

Hudson described the game as one which confirmed his side’s credentials as a premiership contender.

“To keep a clean sheet and to play like we did, the boys played well,” he said.

“Sure Danny got three, but it really was a team effort, every-body played well, you couldn’t single out anybody, and you couldn’t say anybody didn’t play well in the side. It was a real good team effort.”

With the win Noosa have now moved to within one point behind ladder leaders Buderim and Woombye who both sit on 19 points.

This was after Buderim enjoyed the bye on the weekend while Woombye drew sixth-placed Kawana 2-all.


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