Striker Cameron Morgan will inevitably attract interest from NSW National Premier League clubs after a phenomenal six-goal performance in Saturday's win over Port Kembla, Albion Park coach Paul Carter has declared.
Producing one of the most amazing performances in Illawarra Premier League history, Morgan scored five goals in 35 minutes at Terry Reserve, before completing the set of six in the second-half in the 6-1 win.
As a former Port Kembla player, Morgan was praised for his work ethic, Carter saying he deserves to be playing at a higher level after an injury-hit career so far.
"He's the most dedicated player, he works so hard at training," Carter said.
"He's just one of those young guys who puts all the work in and if anything, has been prepared to put his body on the line too much in games, which has contributed to the injuries he's had.
"Days like that don't come around much for any player, but no doubt when a striker scores six, the Wolves or other NPL clubs should be taking notice, he certainly deserves his chance, whenever it might come."
It's been a rollercoaster start to the season, but Park are now in title contention, after Cringila stunned Wollongong Olympic on Saturday.
The Lions were stuck on one point at the foot of the NPL ladder when new coach Stuart Beedie came on board, but he has now secured seven of the last nine available, with wins over leaders Olympics, relegation rivals South Coast United and a draw against powerhouse Wollongong United.
Corrimal moved to outright second on the IPL standings, while northern neighbours Woonona enhanced their finals hopes with vital wins on Sunday.
On their 130th anniversary weekend, the Sharks outclassed Fernhill 3-1 despite a determined second-half push from the Foxes.
Woonona were three goals up at half-time after two quick goals before the break, but Jack Lombo headed home off a well-worked corner to offer Fernhill hope.
However, Woonona kept their two goal advantage to ensure they are fifth on the ladder on 20 points, three behind second-placed Corrimal and six adrift of leaders Olympic. Rangers continued their remarkable rise, beating champions Bulli 2-nil, despite Lukas Stergiou being sent off with half-an-hour remaining after tempers frayed between the two teams.
Tomiki Wada's free kick handed Corrimal the lead in the moments before half-time, before Van Elia finished it off in the 85th minute.
South Coast United kept their top-flight torch burning with a stunning 3-2 win over Tarrawanna.
Wollongong United's game against Coniston was postponed.
While you're with us the Illawarra is offering sport readers 20% off an annual digital subscription. Sign up to stay up to date with all the local sports you love for only $3.00 a week. Terms and conditions apply.