Lions FC longing for FFA Cup
The Brisbane Premier League club, which was founded in 1957, booked its place in the final 32 with a 5-0 thrashing of Pine Rivers.
Lions FC are currently top of the Brisbane Premier League by eight points, with 11 wins and three draws after 14 rounds, and will go into the business end of the competition full of confidence.
Technical director Graham Ross said his club is buoyant to have gone this far in the cup.
“The feeling was one of great excitement and relief that we had achieved one of our goals for 2015,” Ross told FourFourTwo.
“The cup is fantastic and one of the best concepts that has been brought into Australian football by the FFA.
"This competition will continue to grow and create its own history as the years go by.
“We haven't set any clear goals from this point of the competition except that we will give it our all and play without fear and try to progress as far as we can.”
Drawing Brisbane Roar would be a dream local contest for Lions FC but Ross is unfazed on who his club faces next.
The former NSL grand final winner with the Brisbane Strikers was impressed with the run of the likes of South Springvale and Bentleigh Greens in the cup last year.
“It shows that the romance of the cup is alive and if you play with no fear and have a little luck on your side anything is possible,” Ross said.
“We beat the Roar in a pre-season game last season so we know it can be done.
"We are not bothered with who we get drawn we are just excited by the prospect of playing high quality opposition and testing ourselves against the best teams around Australia.
“If that's how the draw panned out then yes, it would be a good match up for us.
"Again, we would go into the game with nothing to lose and the freedom to have a go at them.”
Lions FC became club champions last year and were crowned Brisbane Premier League premiers, and reached the grand final in 2013.
The Queensland side is lead by player-coach Warren Moon, who previously played for Brisbane Roar in the A-League and Queen of the South in Scotland.
“Warren has been using himself sparingly as he recovers from injury but his passing range is the best in the league, so he's an important player,” Ross said.
“We play a style of football that is proactive and attacking and hopefully entertaining for anyone who watches us.”
Key players for Lions FC include former Gold Coast United National Youth League defender Matija Simic, ex-APIA Leichhardt goalkeeper Phil Zabaks and top Brisbane Premier League marksman Kado Aoci.
Ross said his side has players who could make it in the A-League.
“We certainly have players who have talent but they might not have had that little bit extra required to take the next step,” he said.
“However if the players perform in this competition then I'm sure that does expose them to A-League clubs who may be interested.”
*Photo credit Ian Judd