Palm Beach Sharks to put Gold Coast football 'back on the map'

Palm Beach Sharks centre back Eoghan Murphy says his team is after respect as they juggle successful campaigns in the FFA Cup and the National Premier Leagues Finals series.

The Sharks are through to the Cup quarter-finals and have booked a meeting with the Central Coast Mariners, after beating South Springvale 1-0 at CBus Super Stadium on Tuesday night.

They are one of three non-A-League sides left in the competition.

On Saturday the club will play Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the semi-finals of the NPL Finals series.

Tuesday win’s continues Palm Beach’s glorious run, which has seen them claim the premiership and grand final double in Queensland this season.

Murphy told FourFourTwo the Sharks want to help put Gold Coast football back on the map.

“It was a tough game and South Springvale were a decent side,” he said.

“They parked the bus and were hard to break down, plus the pitch was massive. Full credit to them though they were good at what they do and are pretty well drilled.

“We're all buzzing to get the Mariners, that's what this competition is all about.

“So we'll be back at that stadium and it's a great chance for all Gold Coast football fans to get behind us and show that the Coast can have another team.”

More than 2000 fans turned up for the Cup game at Robina, the former home ground of now defunct A-League side Gold Coast United.

“It was an unreal feeling, if only we could play there every week,” Murphy said.

“Plus a good amount of fans came down to support us and all the lads appreciated that, they made it a great atmosphere.

“There were a few Gold Coast United shirts in the crowd.

“Now it’s (the quarter-final with the Mariners) and a great opportunity for the whole Coast to get down and support and prove a point.”

Murphy said confidence is high in the Palm Beach camp.

“It’s a dream season for us and we want make sure it goes for as long as possible because there's no guarantee this could happen again,” the defender said.

“There’s this perception that the NSW and Victorian leagues are a higher standard, so we're showing that there's a lot of good players coming out of this state. Hopefully we can give the Coast and the state the credit it deserves.”