ON FIRE: Anthony Mollee (7) heads the ball towards the goal. This one didn't go in, but he scored four goals to power Sunbury to a 5-2 win against United Park Eagles (UPE) at Maryborough Cricket Club.
ON FIRE: Anthony Mollee (7) heads the ball towards the goal. This one didn't go in, but he scored four goals to power Sunbury to a 5-2 win against United Park Eagles (UPE) at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

Young players star as Sunbury powers to big win

FOOTBALL: A four-goal haul from star Anthony Mollee steered Sunbury to a memorable 5-2, drought-breaking Wide Bay Premier League win.

The Blues had won only one game in its opening six fixtures, and conceded 14 goals in the three losses since that April 21 win against United Warriors.

Mollee's quartet along Tyson Bedford's second-half strike put United Park Eagles to the sword, and provided Sunbury a result and points differential boost which will allow them to leapfrog UPE to sixth.

But coach Andrew Howlett praised three junior players who when given the opportunity to play the region's highest level, never backed down.

"We had a few guys pull out at lunch time which is how bad it has been, we put three young fellas in - one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds and they've gone out and had an absolute blinder,” Howlett said.

Connor Sawtell, Braith Gempton and Lachlan Lowe's performances allowed Sunbury to dominate.

"They were playing WBL2, and with injuries and guys away they had to step up,” Howlett said. "It's coming together. We've had a horrid start to the season but we've got to keep grinding it out, turning up to training and working.

"Moll gets another hat trick today, Tyson, our whole midfield were superb.

"We're trying a few things. Different formations, people in different positions. We're trialling it, we tried it against The Waves last week. It was a great effort.”

Sunbury play KSS Jests this week.