A move to the midfield is paying off for Warrnambool Rangers’ Ryan Bail.
The teenager scored three goals in seven minutes in the Rangers’ high-scoring 9-4 win over Ballarat and District Soccer Association opponent Vic Park on Sunday.
Bail, who finished with four goals, said he was unaware of the feat until he was celebrating with his teammates.
His purple-patch came after goals at the 18th, 20th and 25th minutes.
“I didn’t realise during the game at all. It’s all about playing your role at the end of the day,” he said of the brace.
Bail, 18, capped off his strong performance with a goal in the 53rd minute.
He said he was happy to hit the scoreboard in his new role.
“Clinton Demartin is up front being one of our targets and I think that is working a lot more for the team,” Bail said.
“The last two weeks we’ve come off big wins and we’re finding our formation is a lot better at the moment. There’s still heaps to improve on and Sebas looks like the one to challenge us this year.”
The second-placed Rangers dominated the first half before slipping after the main break.
“We scored the first five goals in the first 25 minutes,” Bail said.
“(Coach) Rob (Andrews) wanted us to come out and start quickly and we did that as a group. Darcy (Johnstone) opened the scoring in the fourth minute. We were up 7-1 at half-time.
“The second half was a bit of a letdown for the team. We panicked a bit on the ball too much.”
Stand-in captain Emily Whelan was rapt with Rangers’ 5-1 win over Ballarat North United in the women’s competition.
“Our forward line is really strong this year and we’re making the most of all of our opportunities,” she said.
“All of our crosses are going in. Plus, our defenders are not letting anyone through.”