Greyhounds CSC is very happy to celebrate the success of our
Men’s Titans in this year’s FFA Cup competition. The FFA Cup is an opportunity
for men’s teams to nominate for a sudden death competition, with games played
against other teams across the state and ultimately nationally (if you keep
winning). A-league teams join the FFA Cup competition from the round of 32.
The Titans are the first team from Greyhounds to ever
compete at this level and played the first game of any WACFA team in the FFA Cup.
Join us in celebrating their success as you read the
following reports. We thank the Coach of the Titans, Dan Hamer, for supplying
On Sat 6th March, 16 Greyhounds Titans players, coaches and supporters jumped on a 21-seater coach and travelled to Kalgoorlie (8hrs) to compete in the 2nd round of the 2021 FFA Cup. The game was a home game for Twin City Saints FC but made history as the first game played by a WACFA team in the FFA Cup competition.
The game was intense, and the weather humid; however, the
large local crowd were accommodating. Going 1-0 down in the first 2mins was
hardly the best start to the match, but goals followed from Ben Spiccia, Josiah
Naidoo and Ethan Pemberton, and the Titans went into the half-time break
After the break, the end-to-end game should have been
settled by a Sam Del Pino converted penalty; however, Twin City Saints were
roared on by their local support and encouraged by the fact three Titans
players were either injured or suffering severe cramp. Thirty minutes of
desperate defending and heroic goal keeping ensued, and it was a breakaway goal
by Ethan Pemberton that eventually won the game for Titans (5-4).
History was made as Greyhounds Titans became the first WACFA
team to win a match in the FFA Cup and this made the return trip back to Perth
the next day all the sweeter.
Titans second game (3rd round) was scheduled against state league team, Fremantle City FC.
In what promised to be a classic David v Goliath encounter,
the Titans made their way to the impressive home of FCFC with enthusiasm,
belief, and excitement.
Buoyed on by a large crowd who came to cheer on the Titans,
the reality of the task at hand became apparent, with Fremantle boasting two
retired professional players in Perth Glory player, Todd Howorth (82 games,
2009-2012) and English Football League One player, Matt Sparrow (150 League One
games, 2005-2013, and scorer of two goals at Wembley Stadium in a play-off
The experience of playing in such a game will remain for a
long time, but ultimately the speed, fitness and ability of the
semi-professional outfit shone through with Fremantle City running out
comfortable winners (9-1).
The lads never gave up and a highlight of the day was
Sheldon Gill scoring a wonderful goal which was celebrated with fervour by
players, coaches, and spectators alike.
‘Although our FFA Cup dream is over for this year, it was an absolute privilege to represent Greyhounds, and WACFA, in this prestigious competition’ (Dan).