Record setter? NYU striker’s five minute hat-trick
In just his third game back from a horror foot injury, Jacob Fulluck might have one for the record books, a hat-trick in five minutes.
Nambour Yandina United's striker slotted the quick fire hat-trick against Coast juggernaut Noosa Lions at the weekend.
Up 5-0, Noosa were in full control before Fulluck made for a panicked finish with goals in the 82nd, 85th and 87th minutes.
Sunshine Coast Football Association president Chris Dunk was unsure if it was a record but said he could not think of anyone scoring one in such a short frame time.
"Definitely not, I can't think of anyone, not here or anywhere," Dunk said.
"Getting a hat-trick is hard enough, let alone in five minutes."
"I'll take it," Fulluck said.
"Coming back off my injuries it was just good to get out there and get the duck off my back.
"Noosa have been a powerhouse for five years or so, so to do it against a great club like that gives me confidence."
The rapid fire hat-trick was made even more impressive given it was only Fulluck's third game in his comeback.
His last game was more than a year ago playing in the Victorian NPL's second division where an innocuous turn ruptured a tendon in his foot.
"It was the most excruciating pain of my life," Fulluck said.
"Basically I got the ball from a throw in, knocked it passed the defender and took a step.
"I couldn't take another one and fell down.
"It was a crazy, freak injury."
It was three and a half months before he walked again.
Fulluck watched NYU under coach Korey Nix become a surprise packet of the competition last year, going from cellar dwellers to the grand final in 12 months.
"I think it's something we can definitely do this time too," the Sunshine Coast Fire junior said.
"On the back of that second half against Noosa, there's no reason why we can't go on another run like that.
"We have plenty of firepower here, boys who can score goals.
"We just need to shore it up at the back and we will be there abouts."
The Reds are away to Gympie United this weekend in a match dubbed the Nix Cup.
Gympie is coached by Kyle Nix, Korey's brother.