Melbourne Victory cruised past Brisbane Roar 5-1 in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 at Perry Park on Wednesday night on a bumpy pitch.
It was yet another embarrassing defeat for the Roar who have only progressed past the round of 32 once in the four years of the competition, losing to Perth Glory in 2016 and Wanderers the previous year.
Victory won the cup back in 2015 before losing to cross-town rivals Melbourne City 2-0 last year, but going by their performance thus far, could be set for another deep run this campaign.
Victory went ahead in the 26th minute via Mitch Austin after Kosta Barbarouses’ shot was parried away by the Roar keeper and fell straight into the path of Austin.
The lead was doubled in the 35th minute after James Troisi won possession in a dangerous area and his right footed shot bounced off the post and in.
The contest was well and truly sealed just five minutes into the second half thanks to two penalties in quick succession, converted by Besart Berisha and Mark Milligan.
In the 74th minute Berisha scored a brace with his 12th FFA Cup goal, remaining all-time leading scorer in the tournament.
Brisbane had one consolation goal in the final minutes of the game as Petros Skapetis sunk a peach of a shot curling in a beauty off the left boot to beat Thomas.
Despite the poor ground, Victory coach Kevin Muscat was delighted with the result.
“We knew we were looking reasonably sharp but you only find out when you play A-League teams and I thought we were good value for that tonight on a very difficult surface,” Muscat said.
“For an A-League team to produce that surface as a venue …you expect it going to NPL teams but it was unexpected playing on that surface against another A-League team.
“Having said that the most pleasing thing was our performance. I thought we were good value for the result.” Follow all our football betting tips here.