The FFA Cup dream lives on.
It took until the dying seconds of the fifth round clash with the Eltham Redbacks to seal the deal, but the Goulburn Valley Suns progressed nonetheless with playing coach Craig Carley nodding home the winning goal in a 2-1 result.
The Suns are now two wins from the national round of the knockout competition, and will be one of just 16 Victorian teams left in the competition after the fifth round is complete.
After making a string of changes to the side that lost 4-2 against Murray United in the league on Saturday night, the GV side led inside the first seven minutes of the clash at McEwen Reserve via young defender Robbie Rimmer.
The Suns had a goal disallowed minutes later that would have given them breathing room, and continued to knock on the Eltham door with many first-half chances.
But the State League One Redbacks wouldn’t go down easy and pinched an equaliser in the 57th minute via Lachlan Hogben.
They continued to push forward in search of a magical winner, but it was the Suns who would have the final say, as Carley himself headed home a winning goal in stoppage time.
Carley said the winner was nothing less than his side had deserved in a comprehensive showing.
‘‘I thought we controlled the whole match really, even after a few changes to the team,’’ he said.
‘‘We really dominated the game and we’re really happy to get the result.
‘‘To be honest their goal was really the only shot on goal they had, they let us have possession throughout and control the game, and tried to catch us on the counter.
‘‘Our boys were good with the ball and really should have scored more goals.’’
Crucially, both Suns’ goals came via Billy Marshall corners, with work on the training ground paying off.
‘‘It’s something we’ve been training, many different set pieces,’’ Carley said.
‘‘Billy put the ball on Rob’s head six yards out, and then just did the same thing for me in the last minute.
‘‘He’s a fantastic player, I knew exactly what we’d get from him and that once he got his fitness together he’d be one of the best players in the competition.’’
The Suns were without the suspended Jordan Montagner and injured duo Jamie England and Matt Lelliott, while usual starter Carley came off the bench to replace Alou Kuol.
It’s straight back to action for the side this weekend though with a difficult away trip to face the North Geelong Warriors in the league.