The Palm Beach Sharks are out to continue their winning run when they come up against fairytale side South Springvale in the FFA Cup.
The Sharks claimed the double in Football Queensland’s National Premier League this season, finishing first on the ladder and then beating Olympic FC 3-2 in the grand final.
The Gold Coast-based club has continued its streak recently with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Weston Workers Bears on Sunday in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Finals series.
Palm Beach now advance to the semi-finals of the competition, where they will play Sydney’s Bonnyrigg White Eagles. But first they will face South Springvale - the fourth-tier Victorian club that has proved to be the surprise packet of the FFA Cup.
Sharks defender Eoghan Murphy told FourFourTwo his team won’t be underestimating the Victorians when they face-off at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
“We're very confident we’ll get the win but we're not going to treat them with the label they give themselves as a 'pub team',” Murphy said
“They'll be as hard as anyone else, every game in this Cup is a grand final so it won't be easy. But if we play like we have been all season I'm confident we can go a lot further in this competition.”
Palm Beach advanced to the Round of 16 in the Cup after defeating Hakoah Sydney City 2-1 in Sydney last month.
“The FFA cup is unreal and it's been handled so professionally as well,” Murphy said.
“It’s been a great experience for all the lads and the club and fans. It was a tough, tough game against Hakoah just purely because of the conditions, gale force winds and raining sideways.”
Murphy, a centre back for the Sharks, said the club is very confident at the moment after showing character in two come-from-behind wins against Olympic FC in the grand final and the Weston bears in the NPL finals.
“It was unreal for us, a young team to take out last year's champions at home after going 1-0 down,” he said.
“There was no better way to do it. We've been the most consistent team throughout the year and we fully deserved it. I felt that they weren't much threat only when we weren't switched on defensively and they created a few chances because of that.
“But all in all every single one of us dug in, showed guts and battled to the end.”
Murphy joined Palm Beach this season after a nightmare experience in the UK with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 19-year old is keen to try his hand overseas again and is hopeful the Sharks string of success has put him in the shop window, either at home or abroad.
“I feel I've been in great form,” Murphy said.
“I didn't go back because of how well the team was doing and the fact we we're in the FFA Cup. I will get back there if something doesn't come up here when the season ends.
“I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't want to catch the eye of a A-League club, but I think it's more important to play for the team and help the team do well, and the further we go in the FFA cup the more coverage we're going to get, especially the younger players like myself.
“The reason why we've done so well all year is because we're the best team unit. We do the dirty side of football that other teams aren't prepared to do, that's the key to our success. I think if us as players, who think we might have an A-League chance, start playing to impress then that's when things will start to go badly for us.
“I believe if you're doing the simple things well and working hard for the team then the rest will fall into place and you'll stand out anyway.”comments