Croydon Kings have booked their spot in the Westfield FFA Cup, denying last year’s giant-killers Adelaide after a thrilling South Australian decider on Sunday.
Two second half goals from striker Andreas Wiens inspired the Kings to 2-0 victory and a coveted spot on the national stage.
They are the final club to go into Wednesday’s draw for the competition’s round of 32.
While it was utter joy for the Kings it was nothing but disappointment for City, who missed the chance to build on their exploits of last season where they beat Western Sydney Wanderers on the way to the quarter-finals.
It was City who started Sunday’s final the stronger though, denied by the woodwork twice in the first 16 minutes.
First Nic Bucco saw his effort ricochet off the upright before Fumiya Suzuki also struck the post in the space of four minutes.
Kings ‘keeper Nicholas Munro was kept busy but repelled whatever was thrown at him before Croydon took control after the break.
Wiens got his first just before the hour mark and ensured a memorable afternoon for the club by adding the match-sealer four minutes from time.
Croydon join National NPL champions MetroStars and inaugural champions Adelaide United as South Australia’s representatives in the last 32.