Redlands United are the first Queensland club to advance to the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 after a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over Rochedale Rovers at Cleveland Showgrounds.
Played in torrid rain, Redlands talisman Graham Fyfe struck a second half brace to see his side storm to victory and secure their maiden appearance in the national stages of the knock-out tournament.
Rovers had earlier enjoyed the better of the contest and took a single goal advantage into half-time courtesy of Scott Sargent.
However, Redlands’ rousing response ultimately delivered cup heartbreak for Rovers, who missed the chance to force extra time by striking the post in time added on.
Redlands will be joined in the national stage of the competition by the 10 Hyundai A-League clubs, including fellow Queensland club Brisbane Roar.
Redlands United FC coach Matt Chandlerwas pleased with the result.
“We always planned this week that we would start without (Fyfe and Sao Jose) because they’ve been injured,” he said.
“I wasn’t concerned (at half-time) - we got caught up in cup football, but after that I thought we went back to how we wanted to play. I thought we passed the ball really well considering the conditions.”