On Tuesday 2 August, I had the pleasure on behalf of Football Federation Australia to be the master of ceremony for a round of 32 Football Federation of Australia (FFA) Cup match between Victorian State Club Green Gully, based in the north western Melbourne Suburb of Keilor, up against A-League outfit the Central Coast Mariners from Gosford in New South Wales.
Few pundits gave Green Gully any chance of defeating a much stronger and professional opposition, considering that only one state league team had previously defeated an A-League opponent in the competition’s history.
Well, Green Gully etched their name into Australian football folklore, coming from behind to defeat the Central Coast Mariners 2:1, scoring two goals in the last ten minutes. The winning goal from Green Gully’s striker Liam Boland from near the half way line was a goal worthy of winning a match at any level of football worldwide. The goal oozed talent and class and was a pleasure to announce over the stadium microphone details of the winning goal. If you have not viewed the goal, click on the link below to witness true moment of brilliance!
This is what Australian sport is all about, everyone loves backing an underdog. This is the magic of the FFA cup. Green Gully, thank you for allowing me to MC the occasion and Liam, thank you for creating a slice of Australian football history we’ll never forget!