Melbourne Victory have set their sights on winning the inaugural FFA Cup following a 2-0 win over WA’s Bayswater City at WA Athletics Stadium.
Melbourne Victory have set their eyes on winning the inaugural FFA Cup following a solid 2-0 win over Western Australia’s Bayswater City in Perth on Wednesday night.
Victory won the final match of the round of 32 of the inaugural knockout competition featuring both A-League and State league clubs to now advance to the round of 16 where their next opponents will be drawn on Friday night.
Melbourne were outstanding in the first half creating a host of scoring opportunities but ended up with just the one goal thanks to Kosta Barbarouses before then being outplayed by a Bayswater City team, that leads the WA National Premier League, in the second.
Victory still managed to score a second goal thanks to Archie Thompson and coach Kevin Muscat now wants to win the FFA Cup.
“It’s a wonderful initiative, it’s been a long time coming and I certainly want to do well in this cup.
“I want to win it and we want to win it as a football club,” Muscat said.
“As time has gone on we’ve seen what sort of reception it’s got in this first round of 32 and that goes to show how well it’s been accepted by the public.”
Plenty of attention will be focused on how Thompson, Barbarouses and former Brisbane Roar championship-winning star Besart Berisha work together in attack for Victory this season.
Muscat liked much of what they showed on Wednesday night at the WA Athletics Stadium with Thompson and Barbarouses both scoring after being set up by terrific last passes from Berisha.
“I thought in the front third we looked very, very dangerous but again in the first half when we were so dominant we got a little bit too narrow too soon, and suffocated ourselves,” he said.
“The two goals we scored were very good and it was good football which is a good sign going forward.”
While Muscat isn’t yet content with his squad ahead of the A-League season, he is happy with how it’s progressing with Carl Valeri and Matthieu Delpierre playing well, and Socceroo Mark Milligan tracking well following the World Cup and a knee injury with 30 minutes off the bench.
“We are still active and we still want to improve the squad, and still have opportunities to improve the squad, but apart from Millsy everyone else is at a decent level,” Muscat said.
Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne was proud of his team’s effort to be so competitive against a top-class opponent.
“After the first half I thought we settled down. Some of those boys have never played in that occasion before, but once their nerves settled they were superb in the second half,” Coyne said.
“Bar that goal that Melbourne got with a bit of class from Archie I thought we were by far the better side in the second half.”