Bayside Strikers under-13s forward Justin Montero has scored 43 goals in 17 games (15 games in the regular season, and two finals).
Bayside Strikers under-13s forward Justin Montero has scored 43 goals in 17 games (15 games in the regular season, and two finals). Matthew McInerney

Montero is on the money in front of goals this year

GOLDEN BOOT: You would be hard-pressed finding a Wide Bay football player with more goals than Justin Montero.

The under-13s Bayside Striker has scored an incredible 43 goals so far, and been a major part of why his side rose from third to reach the decider.

"This is the most goals I've scored in a season,” he said.

"I think it's the way we play. I play with some better players than I have in recent years, and the guys know I can score.”

Montero has scored in all but one of his 17 games in 2018. He has six doubles, two hat-tricks, three four-goal hauls, and two five-goal hauls to his name so far.

It is a handy return for Montero, who will have to be at his best if the Strikers are to beat the minor premiers Sunbury in the grand final.

He has played football for five years, supports Western Sydney Wanderers and sits firmly in the Lionel Messi camp when asked who he prefers between the Argentinian superstar and Portuguese legend Christiano Ronaldo.

His coach Alan Findlay, a life-long football coach in his first year at the Fraser Coast, was blown away by Montero's ability on the field.

"It's been a great year, it's a meteoric rise for the team. Having a striker in the team at this age level who can find the net, is strong and is a good runner as this lad, is imperative for any team,” Findlay said.

"A little bit of everything. His work ethic is fantastic in a game - when he's really on his game he's working hard up there to be the first line of defence, and his ability to find the net and chances he gets is second to none.

"He's pulled us out of a number of games with his goals. He just has that will to get it done.”

Findlay said he believed the game would be hotly contested, and hoped his side's hard work throughout the season would pay off.

"They beat us here while we were wet behind the ears and missing a few players, but we managed to get them the second time we took them on.

"We both have stronger squads so it should be good.”

Findlay praised the players' parents' commitment this year.

Kick-off is at 10.15am.