BRAVE LIONS FALL SHORT OF CUP GLORY
LIONS FC’s gallant FFA Cup run is over, with the Brisbane Premier League club losing 1-0 to a 10-man Perth Glory at Perry Park last night.
The Glory, who played all but five minutes with a man less after the dismissal of goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson, needed extra time to beat the third-tier club.
Former Gold Coast United striker Chris Harold scored in the 115th minute to earn the Glory a quarter-final berth.
But the Lions did themselves proud in front of 2550 fans.
They blew a golden chance early to take the lead after Tyson was sent off for a lastman foul on striker Shoheel Khan.
But from the resulting penalty, replacement Glory gloveman Nicholas Feely made a great save to deny Lions’ Brazilian midfielder Andre Bonotto.
Failing to convert from the spot seemed to sap confidence out of Lions, with the 10-man Glory more than comfortable for the remainder of the first half.
However, Lions started the second half in a more positive manner, using their numerical advantage to stretch the Glory.
Striker Kado Aoci failed to convert from close range in the 47th minute.
Eight minutes later Michael Butters found space in the penalty area but drove his shot straight at Feely.
Feely again came to Perth’s rescue in the 73rd minute when Alex Janovsky seemed certain to put the Lions ahead.
The Glory looked most dangerous in the air, having two headers cleared off the line, and a third from Sidnei Sciola saved by Lions keeper Phillip Zabaks.
But the visitors eventually got the better of Zabaks, with Harold finishing with poise just when the contest seemed destined for a penalty shootout.
In last night’s other round of 16 games, Melbourne City thrashed Wellington 5-1, Adelaide United beat Sydney FC 2-1 and Heidelberg defeated Sydney United 2-0.