Lions roaring after Croydon Cup clash
The Brisbane Premier League side defeated Croydon Kings 2-1 at Adelaide’s Elite Systems Football Centre to knock their South Australian opponents out of the Cup.
Goals from Shoheel Khan and Andre Bonotto sealed the big win for the Lions.
Club technical director Graham Ross said they were thrilled to secure the victory.
“It was a great feeling for everyone involved at the club and the support we received from Brisbane was tremendous,” he told FourFourTwo Australia.
Ross admitted that Lions FC may have surprised their more fancied Kings, who had home advantage in their favour.
“I guess so, but they would have done their homework on us as we did on them,” he said.
“We pressed them very hard from start to finish and I think that may have rattled them a little. As our players are not accustomed to traveling and playing, our planning and preparation had to be spot on to give the players every chance to perform.
“To see it all come off was very pleasing for the coaching staff. We are technically a third-tier club, so if you look at it like that then yes I suppose it is an upset but we were always confident we could do well.
“We have only lost once all year in all competitions and this momentum certainly helps.”
Lions FC scored in each half, with Khan slotting past Croydon goalkeeper Nick Munro on 14 minutes. Bonotto scored from the penalty spot after a foul in the area, before Croydon’s Luke Klimek pulled a goal back.
Ross believed the penalty decision was the right call.
“To be honest I haven't seen the replay, but at full speed we were all off the bench appealing as it looked a certain penalty to us,” he said.
Ross said the Lions don’t have a preferred opponent for the round of 16 but are hoping to get the fixture at their home ground of Luxury Paints Stadium, which holds 5000 people.
“We are not really bothered, an A-League club would be nice home or away,” Ross said.
“However, a home game would be great for our home supporters and our junior players.”