The ‘Grey Wiggle’ became the ‘Yellow Wiggle’ as Andrew Redmayne’s penalty shootout heroics were again on display on Sunday.
Redmayne, the Socceroos hero last month against Peru, was again called upon after Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners were unable to be separated after 120 minutes in their Australia Cup match.
Beni N’kololo opened the scoring for the Mariners before the home side went 3-1 up thanks to Adam Le Fondre, Anthony Caceres and Max Burgess.
Michael Ruhs got one back for the Mariners before Jason Cummings’ header trickled into the net from a corner, deep into stoppage time.
There were no more goals to come in the extra 30 minutes of play at Leichhardt Oval, leaving the game to be settled from 12 yards.
Cummings went first, and after a bit of back-and-forth with the Sydney keeper, had his effort saved by a diving Redmayne, flinging himself to his right just as he did against Peru’s Alex Valera.
Le Fondre’s penalty was then saved by Yaren Sozer, before Jacob Farrell’s effort was blasted over the crossbar.
Rhyan Grant, Max Balard and Jaiden Kucharski all held their nerve for their respective clubs, before Storm Roux’s miss gave Connor O’Toole the chance to win the shootout for Sydney, and he duly obliged.
Sydney advances to the last 16, and will be looking to win the trophy previously known as the FFA Cup for just the second time, having beaten Adelaide in extra time in 2017.
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