Sydney FC young gun Trent Buhagiar has continued his stellar pre-season scoring the match-winning goal against Cairns FC in the FFA Cup Round of 16 clash at Barlow Park last night.
Since arriving from Central Coast Mariners, the 20-year old has found the back of the net against Dunbar Rovers, Sutherland Sharks and now Cairns FC, and has provided a fresh attacking option for the Sky Blues in the 2018/19 season.
Still in the formative years of his promising career, the speedster believes the move to the Sky Blues is one that will serve him well moving forward and hopes to add plenty to the squad.
“It’s been a really good move for me so far, I’ve been getting a lot of game time in this pre-season and I’m learning a lot off the quality players around me, just working on my game and becoming a better player,” he said.
“Scoring’s always important and gives you a little bit of confidence, and moving forward hopefully I can keep scoring and the team can keep performing and winning games."
In last night’s game, the home side took the early advantage on the back of a goal from Ryan Cavanah in the 17th minute, but after that it was the Sky Blues who dominated the contest and created chances for the remainder of proceedings.
Skipper Alex Brosque levelled scores in the 64th minute after plenty of ongoing pressure, and just three minutes later Buhagiar scored what would prove to be the match winner after some great lead-up play from Milos Ninkovic.
He believes while it was a tough contest, there were plenty of positives to take away.
“I thought we performed well, we had plenty of chances in front of goal but just couldn’t put them away,” he said.
“Credit has to go to Cairns as well, they defended well and stayed compacted the whole game, which made it a lot tougher for us but we got the two goals in the second half to give us the win and that’s the most important thing."
To add to the excitement of last night’s victory, the club has also welcomed former Premier League Striker Adam le Fondre, and Buhagiar is certainly one of many looking forward to the arrival of such a class player.
“Obviously he’s a quality player, playing in the Premier League and Championship as well, brings a lot of experience into the team and hopefully I can learn a lot from him,” he said.
“He’s the same position as me and hopefully he can help me with areas I need to get better in."
Sydney FC will now wait for the remainder of the FFA Cup Round of 16 games next week before finding out who they face in the next round, while also continuing their strong preparation for the Hyundai A-League season beginning on October 19.