FFA Cup: Nix, Jets out but the Tuggies are through!

The magic of the Westfield FFA Cup continued with a brace by Ireland international Andy Keogh and a penalty shootout in Tasmania capping off another thrilling night of Round 32 action.

Day 2 of the round played out at venues in Hobart, Newcastle, Adelaide and western Sydney.

Two A-League teams were eliminated as Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets both fell at the first hurdle.

Keogh scored a brace (20’, 87’) to put Perth Glory through to the final 16 with a 2-0 win over fellow A-League outfit Newcastle Jets at Magic Park, Broadmeadow (NSW).

Adelaide United were without coach Josep Gombau (on All Stars duty) but will continue their Cup run after a Sergio Cirio goal on 31 minutes – following some great lead-up work by Awer Mabil - was enough to see off Wellington Phoenix at Marden Sports Complex, Marden (SA).

St Albans Saints are through to the next round after they defeated Parramatta FC 1-0 at Melita Stadium, Sefton (NSW).  

Barry Devlin was the hero of the night for the Saints putting them ahead on 35’ when his strike from outside the box blasted into the top corner. The Saints were reduced to 10 men on 83 minutes when Ross Harvey picked up his second yellow but held on for the win.

But the big talking point of the night was the nail-biting clash in Tasmania where football fans were treated to a thriller at KGV Park, Glenorchy.

The Tuggies conceded an own goal on 71 minutes before substitute Zac Munster equalised on 87 minutes to send the match into extra time and then penalties.

An inspired performance by the ACT outfit's goalkeeper, Rowan Shepherd, started a Twitter trend #ThingsSheppardCouldSave.

And the gloveman proved decisive in the penalty shootout making the save that put his team through to the final 16.

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