They’re known as the ‘friendly club of the coast’ but Coomera Colts will be dropping the niceties when the Gold Coast minnows step out on the FFA Cup Round of 32 stage for the first time.
The fact that the Gold Coast Premier League side Coomera - the only club of Queensland’s four representatives that do not play in the NPL QLD - are in the national round at all is a massive achievement.
They are one of the smallest clubs ever to reach the Round of 32 stage, borne out by a long qualifying of campaign of six matches, which kicked with a regional stage clash in March against Virginia United.
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Coached by Steve Macdonald, the Colts just kept defying expectations and played out one of the competition's greatest ever comebacks: a 6-5 extra-time win over Redlands United in May after they were 4-1 down.
Coomera sealed their Round of 32 ticket with a 2-1 win over Logan Lightning in June, and now a trip to Magpies Crusaders FC on Wednesday, July 24 awaits for the Gold Coast federations northern-most club.
Competition: Gold Coast Premier League
Home ground: Viney Park, Coomera, QLD
Honours: Gold Coast Premier League Grand Finalists (2009)
Established in 1983, Coomera are the Gold Coast Football Federations northern-most club.
They gained promotion to the Gold Coast Premier League in 2008, and one year later finished Grand Final runners up.
The tiny locals had former Caltex Soccer Craig Moore sign on as coach in 2014.
Payden Pemberton is a versatile, quick runner for the Colts, capable of plying any gap across the pitch and with a host of experience in USA development leagues.
Meanwhile, winger Ferdinand Annor - who scored the winning goal in the Colts' thrilling comeback win over Redlands - has pace and a skillset sure to get fans excited.
Round of 32 Match Details
Magpies Crusaders FC v Coomera Colts
Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Venue: Sologinkin Oval
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
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