The meteoric rise of former Goulburn Valley Sun Sean Ellis continues after yet another impressive performance on the national stage for Heidelberg.
Ellis, 27, played an instrumental role in Heidelberg’s penalty shootout victory against Sydney United, scoring the game’s opening goal in extra time with a sweet left-foot volley, sending the travelling crowd into a frenzy with only minutes left to play.
‘‘We have been amazing, we go into every game knowing that we can win and that was the case again,’’ Ellis told Fox Sports after the victory.
Ellis’s touch, skill and trickery left many onlookers wondering if he was worthy of an A-League contract, but his focus is on the Bergers’ run in the cup.
‘‘I’ll take the chance if it comes along, I have been playing good, the Perth Glory game was good as well, but hopefully we can get a decent team in the next round and kick on from that,’’ Ellis said.
The left-footer arrived at the GV Suns via Cobram, who had brought the attacking midfielder out from Scotland five years ago.
With Sydney United scoring a leveller with just two minutes to play, Ellis then kept his cool in the shootout, sending the keeper the wrong way to give his side the ascendancy.
Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed has been in awe of Ellis during his two televised FFA Cup games, tweeting about him on 10 separate occasions.
‘‘Here you go A-League clubs I’ve done research for you. He’s been in Oz since 2012, so visa may not be required. Rare skills Sean Ellis,’’ Speed said.
The Bergers are in the final eight of the national competition after previously knocking out A-League side Perth Glory in the round of 32 at Olympic Village.
Ellis provided the assist for fellow strike partner Kenny Athui in the Bergers’ 1-0 victory against Glory.
Meanwhile, Tatura export Vince Lia, 32, played a pivotal role in Adelaide United’s fiery 3-0 victory against arch-rival Melbourne Victory.
It was Lia’s competitive debut for United after making the move across from Wellington.
Danish winger Johan Absalonsen struck first for the Reds in the 53rd minute, before George Blackwood and Nathan Konstandopoulos extending their lead.