South Springvale (Aris) have fallen in the top 16 of the FFA Cup, succumbing to a late goal by Palm Beach Sharks to stop their amazing climb to become national champions.
The travelling team was able to fend off the Sharks’ assault for more than 80 minutes, until a break in defence saw Jack Boxell cut in front and unleash a left foot goal.
Aris struggled to keep its defence tight, with penalty shootout king, Rani Dowisha saving two goal attempts in the first half.
It was in the dying minutes of the game where the third tier club felt a little worse for wear and let the home team jump to an advantage.
That leaves Bentleigh Greens as the only Greek sponsored team in the quarter finals. They have been drawn against an NPL club, Adelaide City meaning at least one NPL team will be in the semi final.
In other Tuesday night matches, Adelaide United beat 2013/14 champions Brisbane Roar 2-0, Sydney FC beat NPL club Sydney United 58 and Perth Glory won against St Albans Saints 4-1.
Details and venues for the quarter finals are yet to been confirmed.
FFA Cup quarter-finals:
Sydney FC v Adelaide United
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Palm Beach Sharks v Central Coast Mariners
Bentleigh Greens v Adelaide City
source: Neos Kosmos