Wanderers’ FFA Cup hero stays humble

Western Sydney Wanderers' hero GolGol Mebrahtu deflected praise after his stunning performance and winning goal in their Westfield FFA Cup triumph over Brisbane Roar on Tuesday night.

After over a year out with a terrible knee injury, the striker was dangerous all night for the Red and Black popping up late to snatch a winner over Brisbane Roar.

It was a fairytale return for Mebrahtu in an intense FFA Cup clash at Pepper Stadium.

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 “Look, at the end of the day football’s a team sport,” the 24-year-old forward told Fox Sports deflecting praise away from him. 

“Credit to Brisbane they gave us a good fight but our boys dug deep and held on and we’re just really happy to finish with a win.

“We want to achieve a title but from a personal goal it’s always nice and it is the icing on the cake.

Coach Tony Popovic said he was delighted for Mebrahtu who he said had come through a very tough rehab over the last year. 

“He’s had a tough year, he’s worked extremely hard. It’s a lonely time when you do an ACL [knee injury] to come back and score a goal... it’s the first time he’s played 70 odd minutes in a couple of years.

“He’ll be sore for a good week I’m sure!”.

Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne (L) celebrates with Daniel Alessi (R) after victory over Brisbane Roar.

The Wanderers coach added: “It’s a fantastic Cup competition but last year we went out in the first round  so we’re delighted.

“We’ve only been going for a short period so I’m sure the players will be very tired but it’s great for our fans to have something to celebrate.”

The 1-0 win has Wanderers now eying a Round of 16 clash.

“They're enjoying their football and this is a little bit of a reward for the players. But our goal ultimately is to be prepared for October 8 [and the A-League round one]," said Popovic.