If you’ve never heard of Liam Boland, Green Gully SC or the FFA Cup, you have now. Boland blessed us with the goal of the week in Green Gully’s unlikely upset of Central Coast Mariners in the Football Federation Australia Cup, and it was a one-timed beaut. That won the game. In stoppage time.
That’s as nice of a left-footed goal from distance that you’ll see. It’s one thing to hit a goal like that, but the implications make it all the more delicious. Green Gully play in the semi-professional National Premier Leagues Victoria, while Central Coast Mariners are in the full-fledged top flight A-League.
To make matters worse, Central Coast finished last season dead last season in the A-League, with a wretched 13 points from 27 matches played. To put that into perspective, the next closest team, Wellington Phoenix, had nearly double that tally 25 points.
Central Coast were surely hoping to kick the new season off on a high note, but getting toppled in the FFA Cup is the complete opposite of that. Credit needs to go where credit is due, however, and Boland’s bravery to smack that golazo is the real story here.
“I thought I’d have a crack and luckily it’s gone in,” Boland said via ABC Australia. “… It was an important goal and probably the highlight of my career for sure.”
Have a crack, he did! Domestic cup play is often the source of some fantastic soccer shenanigans, especially when a “cupset” is on the cards. Now that they’re on to the Round of 16, maybe Green Gully and Boland can keep their luck rolling.