The magical run for Sean Ellis is over, but Tatura’s A-League export Vince Lia has lauded the efforts of the former Goulburn Valley Suns winger.
Ellis, 27, has been a revelation in the Football Federation Australia Cup competition, scoring and assisting during Heidelberg’s run to the quarter-finals.
He went head-to-head with Lia’s Adelaide United on Wednesday and his touch, skill, and trickery during the FFA Cup campaign left many onlookers wondering if he was worthy of an A-League contract.
Lia believed Ellis may be good enough for the professional level.
‘‘Sean is probably one of the more technically better players, he has a good left foot and I think he is one of few players who could play A-League,’’ Lia said.
‘‘They just need the time and a chance to prove themselves at an A-League club, but it is hard for teams to offer them the opportunity.’’
Ellis, who arrived at Cobram from Scotland five years ago, has aspirations of playing in Australia’s top league.
‘‘To get that kind of compliment from an A-League player is a little overwhelming, but, hopefully, one day if everything goes to plan, I could be playing in the top league,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘This whole experience to play against the best has been phenomenal, then to travel to play in Sydney was great.’’
Ellis is sorting out his visa and permanent residency and should that come through, he hoped an A-League move would materialise.
Lia praised Ellis’ ability with the ball.
‘‘Ellis played on the right-hand side and he was very good technically, he moves well and we had to do our research going into the game,’’ Lia said.
Ellis provided an assist for fellow striker Kenny Athiu in the Bergers’ 1-0 victory against Perth Glory in the round of 32, before scoring his side’s opening goal in the next stage against Sydney United.
It was in extra time when Ellis struck with a sweet left-foot volley, sending the travelling crowd into a frenzy and he believed the cup competition was great for those with higher aspirations.
‘‘It definitely puts you in the shop window,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘We play football on a part-time basis, so hopefully the A-League clubs can see that if we are given the opportunity to do it as a profession, we could develop even more.’’