Cupset heroics that made Bon Scott an FFA Cup rockstar

Bon Scott made one huge leap to his right, and Wellington Phoenix's FFA Cup dreams were thunderstruck.

Brisbane Strikers delivered the biggest upset of the FFA Cup 2019 by beating their Hyundai A-League opponents 4-2 in a penalty shootout that must have shook them all night long. 

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The Kiwi club had fallen to NPL Victoria team Bentleigh Greens in last year's competition and, following dramatic scenes at Perry Park on Wednesday night, Phoenix's FFA Cup hopes faded back in black again.

Enigmatic 'keeper Scott - who shares his name with legendary front man of Australian rock band AC/DC - now knows how it feels to be a rockstar for a night. 

“It was such a good experience,” Scott told the FFA Cup website.

“I was thinking above it non-stop on the drive home. All credit to the lads, they were unbelievable. 

“Wellington have some good players and I think they will do alright this season but I think we just wanted it more and the result showed.

“It’s good to play against professional players. You don’t do it often, so I was just enjoying it and having fun.

“I was quietly confident before the game because I know what we’re capable of. We’ve been a bit inconsistent in the league this year but in the cup we’ve been awesome and we showed massive character.”

Although he was beaten by Phoenix youngsters Cameron Devlin and Callum McCowatt as the New Zealand club staged an impressive second-half comeback from 2-0 down, Scott prevented Ufuk Talay's side from nicking Wednesday's Round of 32 tie with a string of fine saves.

He saved his very best from the penalty spot in extra time, where the Strikers number one pulled off a truly magnificent save to deny Wellington's new number nine David Ball on his club debut.

And then, after Ball skied another spot-kick over in the shoot out, Scott came up with another huge save from Kiwi Under-20 international McCowatt to help the NPL Queensland underdogs to their third Round of 16 appearance. 

And when Fraser Hills converted the winning spot-kick, Perry Park went off like a mosh pit at Coachella.

“There was a little bit of a pitch invasion, which was fun, it was such an awesome feeling.”

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“I haven’t been in a lot of shootouts but I was just really confident in myself,” Scott added.

“I just made a decision and tried to psyche them out and put the pressure on them. We had nothing to lose.”

“I’ve been playing a long time, I’ve had experiences of playing at pro level and NPL level but that took the cake. It’s why you play the game really.”

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What's in a name?

“My dad liked the name and always said 'if I have a kid I’m going to name him Bon',” he said. 

“I was born in England and moved to Australia when I was three but it wasn’t until I grew up here that people started taking notice and asking me about it.

“I like it, it’s a good conversation starter! My dad listens to a lot of old bangers and AC/DC was always in there.”

Brisbane Strikers

It all started for Scott when he was called from the Queensland Institute of Sport into the Brisbane Roar youth setup. Following a run of strong games in the NPL for Western Pride, he made the Australian Under-20s squad.

After trying out for the Newcastle Jets, Scott tried his luck in England and trialled for Crystal Palace, Watford and an array of League One clubs, without managing to catch a break.

Scott returned to play for Brisbane City for two seasons before finding his way to Strikers, where the 22-year old is loving life.

“I’ve always wanted to be a pro footballer and I’ve made moves to help me fulfil that but now I’m just having fun,” he said.

“I’m loving Brisbane Strikers, it’s good club, with a good coach and good players.

“I’m just enjoying it, because that’s what football is all about and — if anything comes from that — awesome.”

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