Gold Coast Knights have secured their passage to the FFA Cup Round of the 32 after an extra time victory over Sunshine Coast Fire 3-2.
The locals travelled two and a half hours north for the clash in what was the last hurdle for the club before reaching the national stage.
With both sides feeling each other out in the early stages of the match, it was Knights who took the lead after a set piece resulted in an Oskar Dillon goal.
The Knights held strong defensively until a 94thminute goal from Sunshine Coast forced the game into extra time.
With both sides short on substitutions the game hung in the balance, before Sunshine Coast were awarded a penalty which they converted to take the lead into the second half of extra time.
It wasn’t until moments of brilliance from Knights forward Teddy Watson resulted in goals in the 119thand 121stminute, giving Knights the advantage and progression into the last 32.
When asked upon what the achievement meant, Knights coach Grae Piddick praised his side to the very end.
“We stuck together for the whole match and managed to grind the result out. We made it hard for ourselves at times but overall we’re through to the Round of 32 and that is all that matters.”
The result means that the Knights now join Surfers Paradise as the second local based Gold Coast team to have progressed through to the Round of the 32, with a representative of our region earning that spot in five successive years.
The draw for the next stage will be conducted on the 26thof June