Nick Mrdja deflected the credit for his three goals towards his Central Coast teammates but Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna said he was disappointed with his team's second-half effort against Queensland Roar.
The Mariners won the Pre-Season Cup clash 3-1 at Central Coast Stadium with Mrdja netting on 23, 39 and 58 minutes, with Reece Tollenaere's 85th-minute effort for Queensland little more than a consolation.
"I scored three goals, but you've got to look at the rest of the team and what they've done and the performance we've put in," Mrdja said.
McKinna joked the club was running out of match balls because of Mrdja's hat-tricks, but was more serious about Central Coast's second-half effort.
"Two-nil at half-time was good, but I was disappointed at how we played in the second half. We scored the third one and we stopped playing and doing the stuff we were doing well in the first half," McKinna said.
He left no doubt he was also disappointed with referee Srebre Delovski.
"There was a couple of penalty decisions and maybe one was a bit iffy, but Stevie Wonder would have seen the other one," McKinna said.
McKinna said Queensland deserved its goal, while his Roar counterpart Miron Bleiberg had no complaints about the final score.
"I can't even complain against the referee. I think in the first half we were completely out of it and we had some tactical problem which was too complicated to rectify," Bleiberg said.
"I was praying that we finished the first half 1-0, but it finished 2-0 and the extra goal just killed us, because there was no doubt in my mind that we would come on strong in the second half."