Youngster William Wilson has proved Melbourne Victory’s not likely hero, scoring the winner as the A-League Guys club overcame a scare from Gold Coastline Knights to prevail 2-1 in further-time of their FFA Cup spherical of 16 clash.
Knights snatched the edge at Gold Coastline Croatia Sporting activities Centre when Cai Tipaldo headed dwelling in the 28th minute.
But Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio equalised in the 53rd minute leading to the video game likely to additional-time.
6 minutes into the additional period of time Wilson smashed house a attractive winner to seal Victory’s quarter-final berth, away to Adelaide United at Cooper’s Stadium on January 5.
Former Socceroos ahead Scott McDonald coached the Knights and named himself on the bench, and to the delight of the 2,417 supporters, substituted himself into the match in the 68th moment.
Fellow ex-Socceroo Mitch Nichols, who experienced a stint at Victory, captained the Knights while ex-Victory winger Jai Ingham also begun.
Even though Victory had been much from whole strength, the likes of Leigh Broxham and Robbie Kruse started from the out-of-season Knights.
Tipaldo created his mark when Ingham whipped in a corner and the 22-year-aged climbed maximum to nod the ball past Jerrad Tyson.
Eight minutes into the 2nd half, Nishan Velupillay slipped a beautiful by means of-ball into the route of Lawrie-Lattanzio, who took a touch then coolly finished.
Victory spurned a golden chance in the 80th moment when Francesco Margiotta scuffed a shot, while 10 minutes later on, Gold Coast’s Mirza Muratovic confirmed some extravagant footwork and attempted to tee up Jaiden Walker, who could not fairly connect in time to tap dwelling.
Six minutes into additional-time, a totally free kick bounced about the Knights’ defensive 18-yard box right before Zaydan Bello slash the back back to Wilson, who leathered an unstoppable shot off the outside the house of his boot into the major corner.
Margiotta spurned a likelihood in the 114th minute whilst Velupillay inexplicably missed from near array in the remaining minute, but Victory batted away a Knights goalmouth scramble at the demise to prevail.
In the meantime, Melbourne City’s rescheduled quarter-last from Wellington Phoenix will also be played on January 5, at Kingston Heath.