Gold Coast United last night brushed aside Gold Coast Premier League club Palm Beach Sharks 5-0 in a pre-season friendly.
Miron Bleiberg's men were completely comfortable in the match at Mallawa Drive, netting twice in the first half through Steve Pantelidis and Andrew Barisic before promising striker Golgol Mebrahtu produced a second-half hat-trick.
Bleiberg was content with the result but was happier with the fact that his players were beginning to gain match fitness.
"It was a very useful exercise for us and I'm pleased that we managed to give a lot of our players some decent game time," said Bleiberg after the match.
"The idea was to try a few different things tactically and to put some match fitness into the players, so all in all we're very happy with how it went.
"There was a very good turnout of supporters and I'm sure they will have enjoyed some of the football that was played. Credit to Palm Beach too - they were very competitive and gave us the kind of match we were looking for."