ROAR SHOWN THE CUP DOOR
FORMER Gold Coast United prodigy Golgol Mebrahtu proved the difference as Western Sydney Wanderers knocked Brisbane Roar out of the FFA Cup in Penrith last night.
Back from a knee reconstruction, Mebrahtu scored the decisive goal in the 68th minute as the Wanderers beat the Roar 1-0 in the round of 32 clash.
Brisbane thought they had equalised in the 84th minute through Abraham Yango, but their celebrations were cut short when the substitute was ruled offside.
There was further drama two minutes later when Roar goalkeeper Jami Jamie Y Young saved d a Mark Bridge penalty after Brandon Borrello had fouled Wanderers substitute Josh Macdonald.
In the end, Young’s heroics counted for nothing, with the Roar’s hopes of Cup glory dashed.
Facing an uncertain future off field due to ownership woes, the financially embattled Roar looked anything but shaky in the first half, with the visitors the better of the teams in the opening 45 minutes.
But the Roar failed to maintain their dominance in the second half, much to the frustration of defender Shane Stefanutto.
“(It’s) very disappointing,” Stefanutto told Fox Sports.
“We were really happy with our fi first h half but obviously our second half wasn’t as good. We were a bit sloppy and unfortunately we haven’t got the result.”
The best chance of the first half came in the 22nd minute, after former Roar goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne fumbled a low cross and Borrello’s shot was cleared off the line by Western Sydney.
It was a bad night for Queensland teams, with NPL outfit FNQ Heat losing 5-4 in a penalty shootout to Oakleigh Cannons after scores were locked at 1-1 at the end of extra-time.
Perth Glory beat Newcastle 4-3 on penalties after the score finished at 2-2. Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast Mariners 1-0.