Queensland Lions line up 'free shot' at cup history

Brisbane Premier League side Queensland Lions will hope to roar into FFA Cup history and be the first third tier club to beat an A-League side when they take on Perth Glory in the Round of 16.

The Lions, formerly known as Hollandia-Inala Soccer Club, were established in 1957 by Dutch immigrants with their biggest claim to fame being having ex-Manchester United legend George Best play four games during the 1983-84 season.

The Brisbane outfit caused an upset in their 2-1 away win in the FFA Cup round of 32 when they beat South Australian NPL side Croydon Kings who are a tier above them.

Impressing for the Lions on the night was 28-year-old right back Michael Butters who marked former Olyroo and Brisbane Roar attacker Rocky Visconte out of the game.

“A lot of the boys enjoyed that game and quite a lot of them played out of their skins on the night,” Butters told FourFourTwo.

“When we arrived at the game it really started to hit the boys how serious it as. You had your clearance badges to get into certain areas, you had Fox Sports filming us as we got off the bus and going into the change rooms.

“It was completely different to playing in the local leagues in Brisbane.”

Butters and the Lions players feel against Glory they will have a freedom that comes with knowing they have everything to gain if they win and nothing to lose if they don’t.

“I’ve had more pressure on me when I’ve played Grand Finals and I’ve been expected to win,” the right back said.

“But the expectation isn’t really there that we will go on and win this game.

“It’s a free shot at beating an A-league team, and free shot at proving how good we are.

“We are obviously going to go at them.  

“Hopefully people will see how good some of the boys in our team are.”

Photo credit: Ian Judd, FB Media - Football Brisbane

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Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.