Devonport Strikers
Bentleigh Greens SC
FFA Cup Round of 16
Valley Road
2016-08-30T10:00:00+00:00
Attendance
3,168

Devonport City 0 Bentleigh Greens 1

Devonport Strikers 0

Bentleigh Greens 1 (AET)

Thurtell (93’)

Bentleigh Greens have overcome torrential rain and a stubborn Devonport Strikers side to move through to the Westfield FFA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in three years after a 1-0 win after extra-time.

Despite having 34 shots to one in a dominant 90 minutes, the Greens were unable to get past heroic Devonport keeper Niko Giantsopoulos and his brave defenders.

Unfortunately for the home side, Canadian import Giantsopoulos was forced off with a shoulder injury after making yet another save just before the end of normal time.

And the visitors took less than three minutes to beat substitute keeper Thomas Pearce, with substitute Matthew Thurtell rifling a shot into the roof of the net.

It was no more than Bentleigh deserved after battering the home side all night in a match played in driving rain in front of more than 3000 fans at Valley Road.

Only some Giantsopoulos brilliance kept Devonport on level terms for the 90 minutes, making a string of sublime stops to further enhance his reputation as a gloveman of great promise.

But Bentleigh got the decisive goal and are now just one win away from another FFA Cup semi-final berth.

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