Canberra happy to win ugly in the FFA Cup

Canberra Olympic coach Frank Cachia said it was all about being effective after his side edged Surfers Paradise Apollo in the FFA Cup to book a place in the Round of 16.

In Olympic’s Round of 32 MD 3 clash at Deakin Stadium on Wednesday night, the decisive moment came late in the first half. 

In-form striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid powered into the box before finishing coolly to make it 1-0, his 15th goal of the season.  

And while it may not have been the prettiest or most exciting game of the Round of 32, it didn’t matter to Cachia.

He and his team now have a Round of 16 to look forward to, potentially against a Hyundai A-League club. 

“It was all about just getting the result to be honest,” Cachia said in the Canberra Times. 

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“I said to the guys that in games like this is not about being perfect it's about being effective.

“And if you don't play the prettiest football but we get through to the Round of 16 that no one's going to care.”

Cachia added his team could’ve extended their lead but conceded Surfers didn’t really threaten the home side.

“I wouldn't say we were dominant but we weren't far off that."

The Olympic coach hailed 2016 saying it was already a memorable year for the ambitious ACT club. 

“If you told me at the beginning of the year that would be three points behind Tigers with a game in hand and in the final 16 of the FA Cup after winning the Fed Cup we would have taken that.”

The draw for the Round of 16 will take place immediately after the last game in MD 4 of the Round of 32 next Wednesday night August 10.