Hammer strikes four times for Cougars

FANTASTIC FOUR: Culburra striker Corey Ryan looks to have well and truly overcome an early season injury, after scoring four goals in their 6-nil thrashing of Shoalhaven United on Saturday. 	Photo: PATRICK FAHY

FANTASTIC FOUR: Culburra striker Corey Ryan looks to have well and truly overcome an early season injury, after scoring four goals in their 6-nil thrashing of Shoalhaven United on Saturday. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

LADDER leaders Culburra have sounded a warning to the rest of the competition with a 6-nil rout over second placed Shoalhaven United on Saturday.

Spearheaded by a four-goal hall to Corey Ryan, the Cougars were never tested as they cruised to a 4-0 lead at half time that all but ensured them of the win.

The scoring started early, with Kieran Witt finding the back of the net inside the first two minutes, before Ryan went on to steal the show.

Ryan bagged the next three goals as the Cougars put on a polished first half to have the game pretty much wrapped up at half time.

In good touch, Ryan wasn’t going to let any opportunity go begging and he had his fourth goal early in the second half.

A Daniel Wells header late in the game rounded out the scoring and rubbed salt in United’s wounds.

Culburra coach Tony Gauci was understandably happy with his side’s performance.

“We played awesome. To win 6-nil against the team we played in last year’s grand final is a great achievement,” he said.

“The guys really played well, they’re just starting to really gel together as a team which is great to see and a good sign for the rest of the season.”

Gauci said the win was a great way to go into Monday’s game against Bomaderry.

“It’s good to get that win out and get some confindence, Bomaderry will be tough and they had a big win as well, so we’re expecting a tough game, but the boys should be confident.”

Besides Ryan’s impressive display, Gauci praised Wells, Jack Miller and Aaron Mason for their displays, but was happy with his entire playing group.

“It was a great team performance, the boys are playing good soccer and really knocking the ball around well.

“I was confident going in we’d win, but I was a bit shell-shocked at the final score.”

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