Victorian NPL side Avondale FC gave A-League Premiers Sydney FC an almighty scare last night in their FFA Cup Quarter-final match at ABD Stadium.
The ‘Avengers’ came from 2-0 down, forcing the game into extra-time and pushing the Sky Blues in the second half, despite coming off the back of a 120-minute match the week before.
Many fans were expecting Avondale to cause another ‘cupset.’
It was another magnificent performance by the Victorian NPL side, who finished their season in third place for the second-consecutive time and now face Premiers Heidelberg United in the NPL Victoria Grand Final on Sunday at AAMI Park.
And for the second match in a row, Avondale fought hard to produce a remarkable comeback.
Just last week in their NPL Victoria semi-final against Bentleigh Greens, Avondale fight back from 3-1 down late in the second half of extra-time to somehow win the match 4-3, in an
unbelievable finish that went viral.
This was not even the biggest story of the week involving them, as they were linked with Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo for their FFA clash.
Not bad for a club based in Melbourne’s north.
So what has contributed to Avondale’s rise in Victoria?
The club features a handful of players with A-League experience, including Jonatan Germano, Stefan Zinni, Ramazan Tavsancioglu and Joey Katebian. Striker Kaine Sheppard was picked up by A-League Grand Finalists Newcastle Jets on the day of the game as well. Their experience has been valuable for their success this season.
Finding the back of the net has not been an issue either this season, scoring the second-most amount of goals in the league this season with 57. A 5-2 win over Hume City, a 4-3 victory over Melbourne Knights and a 6-2 triumph over South Melbourne all stand out.
Defence has also not been a problem for them, either, conceding only 32 and keeping nine clean sheets all season.
It has been a fantastic season for the side that only made their top-tier debut in Victoria in 2015.
A battle with Heidelberg United, who have been outstanding this season, awaits them now at arguably Victoria’s top football stadium.
Going by the last few weeks, the ‘Avengers’ are a great chance of lifting silverware on Sunday night.
And do not rule them out if they are down either