Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant has built up a reputation for the spectacular strike and on Friday night he returns to the scene of what he rates as one of the best strikes of his career.
Facing Adelaide United in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16, Grant scored one of the goals of the tournament as he beat Eugene Galekovic from all of 30 yards with a rasping drive in the first half, and he’s hoping to replicate that effort on Friday night when the Sky Blues face the Reds at Coopers Stadium.
“I don’t think I’m really known for scoring the best goals but obviously the only goals I do score of late have been quite good,” he said.
“I think it’s just one of those things, it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, everything falling in place and hitting it sweetly.
“It was a pretty good goal, one of the best I’ve scored in my career so I’m pretty stoked with it.
“It sort of just happened, it just opened up and I thought I’d have a crack at it. I didn’t think too much about it and I’m just lucky enough that it beat Galekovic which is a pretty big feat in itself.
“Obviously we didn’t get the result that night but it’s always good to score, maybe I can do the same thing on Friday and if not hopefully I can score a few more of those in my career and I’ll be happy.”
Grant said there was little to take from what was essentially a preseason hit out as he said he’s expecting a tough encounter against Adelaide United on their home soil in only the Sky Blues second interstate trip of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.
“It’s too far back to go with anything from that game, it was preseason and in the cup so it’s a little bit different,” Grant said.
“I’m sure Arnie will have a game plan, we’ll go through that as a team and hopefully we can do well. We have confidence in Arnie and what he wants to do.
“It will be good to get away with the boys, go into camp on another away game. We haven’t had too many this year so it will be good to get away with the boys and prepare and hopefully do the job in Adelaide.
“It’s going to be pretty tough,” he continued.
“Adelaide are always a good team. I think the results lately haven’t been great for them, although they did get the win on the weekend so that’s going to give them a massive boost and we’re expecting a tough game as always.
“They’re a great team with a great style, they play quite good football and it’s just about us combatting that.”
Sydney FC take on Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night (kick off 7:40pm AEDT). Catch the game live on Fox Sports 4, listen live on ABC Grandstand or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for match updates.
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