New Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce has spoke of his satisfaction after his men registered another clean sheet, after beating Brisbane Premier League club Peninsula Power 2-0 in their Westfield FFA Cup match.
This was the cup holders second clean sheet and sees them make their way into the last 16 after their victory over the side that plays three tiers below them.
Peninsula Power could have gone ahead as early as the 16th minute when striker Charles Mendy got the better of a dozing City defence.
But it was Stefan Mauk who rejoined City on loan from Dutch club NEC Nijmegen, that opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, bravely heading home a Neil Kilkenny cross under challenge from Power goalkeeper Jake Reesby. Get the latest betting tips here.
Uruguayan sharpshooter Bruno Fornaroli sealed the win in second-half stoppage time, in front of 4017 fans.
“It was a tough game,” Joyce said after the match.
“I thought the opposition were good, well-organised and had two or three people who were giving us a threat as well.
“We’re just pleased we’re in the next round because they made a really good account of themselves tonight.”
Power coach Aaron Philip lamented his side’s failure to make the most of their few opportunities.
“We probably had to take them half chances today,” Philip said.
“You’re not to get too many chances against an A-League team, so your half chances probably need to go in.
“All the boys put in. Obviously they were going to create chances but I thought we were good in dealing with most of it. I think it was a pretty good performance.”
Elsewhere Perth Glory succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Victorian PS4 NPL leaders Heidelberg United at Olympic Park, APIA Leichhardt had a 5-0 victory over Olympia FC at KGV Park and Western Sydney Wanderers beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at Campbelltown Stadium.