Bon Scott: Cup joust ‘no highway to hell’
IT'S a long way to the top for Bon Scott … and the Brisbane Strikers if they want to win the FFA Cup.
After seven sudden-death matches, including preliminary rounds, the Strikers are one game away from becoming the first NPL club to reach the final since the Cup's 2014 inception.
Tuesday night's semi-final at Perry Park against A-League glamour team Melbourne City is the Strikers' toughest Cup task so far.
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But it's anything but a highway to hell, with Scott relishing the prospect of facing City.
"I can't wait - it's going to be awesome," the goalkeeper said.
"City are one of the biggest teams in Australia so it's going to be a tough test, but we're stoked to be a part of this Cup run, and to be in the semi-finals.
"We're heavy underdogs and we're going to relish that. We've got to the point in the competition where there are no real nerves. It's just enjoying it and seeing how far we can go.
"We know we can be the first NPL club to make the grand final and that's on our minds, but the main thing is going out, giving it 100 per cent and enjoying the occasion."
Sunshine Coast-based Scott has been an integral part of the Strikers' Cup run, standing tall in a penalty shootout to eliminate A-League club Wellington Phoenix in the round of 32, and making crucial saves in his team's 3-2 quarter-final win over the Moreland Zebras.
"I don't get nervous, it's just excitement. I just love playing as many games as possible," he said.
Not far behind Scott's love for football is his liking of music.
And by the gloveman's name, it's no surprise that musical appreciation runs in the Scott family, with Bon's father Daniel a fan of AC/DC.
"Dad always liked the name, and he liked the band too. He said if he ever had a son, he'd call him Bon," the 22-year custodian said in referring to having the same name as the late AC/DC lead singer.
"People bring it up with me nine times out of 10 when they meet me, but it's all right, I don't mind it.
"It's a good thing I like AC/DC."
It will be music to the ears of Scott if his form with the Strikers leads to a call from an A-League club.
"The Strikers are an amazing club and I'd be happy to stay here if nothing pops up, but I really want to crack on and try to get to the next level," he said.