United's FFA Cup run the highlight of Fraser Coast football
IT IS difficult to take on the best teams in the state when your leading goal-scorer is in the nets.
United Warriors were left with little other choice when they met Noosa Lions in the fifth round of the FFA Cup, due to a spate of unavailable goal-keepers.
Eventual golden boot winner Brad Mitchell filled in as goal-keeper for the clash, which left striker Sam Hill alone to do the work up front, but the Lions ended the dream with a 3-0 victory.
"They were a lot quicker and were a much better drilled side," Hill said.
"It was an interesting experience.
"We were thoroughly outplayed by Noosa. With a bit of luck we could've had a few goals but it wasn't to be."
It was the closest Fraser Coast's senior teams got to silverware with the Warriors the last local team standing in the Three Cities League.
United and Doon Villa met in the elimination final after Bundaberg trio ATW, UPE and Brothers Aston Villa topped the competition.
Sunbury fell short by just one point but missed qualification, while Fraser Flames, KSS Jets and wooden spoon-winning Tinana missed out.
As the seniors struggled the juniors showed what they could do.
Fraser Coast's under-12s were the pick of the bunch after they thumped their Inter-City Challenge rivals.
Up to 10 members of the all-conquering squad were included in Wide Bay's team for Champion of Champions, which they converted to another title.
Promising youngster Sam Whatman left United Warriors midway through the season to pursue a professional career. The 18-year-old eventually signed for Aldershot Town FC.
Three Cities League: Brothers Aston Villa
Fraser Coast League
Ladies Div 1: Sunbury
Mens Div 2: Bayside Strikers
Ladies Div 2: United
Mens Div 3: Jets Raptors
Youth: Doon Villa