Records Aplenty In FFA Cup Run

Oct 04, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have set a number of club and competition records in their ground-breaking run to the FFA Cup Semi Finals.

It is well-documented that Owen Baker’s side were the first Queensland-based club from any tier to reach the competition’s penultimate stage.

However, the records began tumbling from the opening match of the campaign for a club that is now the Sunshine State’s most successful in the competition’s six-year history – boasting the most wins on the FFA Cup national stage of any Queensland club.

Starting in Preliminary Round 4, Brisbane Strikers delivered an emphatic 10-1 win over Football Queensland Premier League side Souths United – marking a new record win for the club in cup competitions.

Striker Andy Pengelly netted six goals in that win marking an all-time club scoring record for a single player at the time. He would go on to smash it weeks later with a nine-goal haul in the league.

It was the beginning of a high-scoring trend for Brisbane Strikers as they amassed a total of 29 goals in the FFA Cup campaign – the most goals ever scored by the club in any cup competition in a single year.

In total, nine Brisbane Strikers players found the back of the net throughout the campaign – Fraser Hills, Cade McDermott, Jake McLean, Zach Maltby, Josh Matcham, Ryan Palmer Andy Pengelly, Hiroki Omori and Matt Richardson.

But Brisbane Strikers’ opponents weren’t all lower tier fodder either.

On their march to the national stage Brisbane Strikers became the first club to eliminate the ensuing NPL Queensland Premiers and Champions in the Preliminary Rounds – Lions FC and Gold Coast Knights, respectively.

They followed it up by becoming just the second Queensland club to ever eliminate an Hyundai A-League opponent with their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Wellington Phoenix.

That match also marked the club’s first ever win in a penalty shoot-out in 26 seasons of competitive football.

The team followed it with ground-breaking wins against the two traditional powerhouse member federations of Australian football – their wins over Manly United and Moreland Zebras marking the first time the club had knocked over teams from the NPL New South Wales and NPL Victoria competitions.

The crowds that cheered them on were also unprecedented.

The 3,706 in attendance in the FFA Cup Semi Final marks the largest ever FFA Cup crowd at Perry Park – and a new high for FFA Cup matches played within the city limits of Brisbane.

The combined total of 8,473 fans attended the four national stage matches hosted by the club – marking the highest cumulative attendance for an NPL Queensland club in a single FFA Cup national stages campaign.

The FFA Cup also marked momentous moments in the careers of young Brisbane Strikers talent – with Cade McDermott and Danilo Kovacevic making their maiden senior football appearances in this year’s tournament.

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