The fairytale F.A Cup run of Socceroos bolter Callum Elder has come to an unceremonious end in the quarterfinals, losing to Premier League relegation-favourites Southampton.
Elder has become a star of League One side Wigan Athletic's unlikely run in the competition, notching an assist in a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the fifth round to make it this far.
It was a win that sparked the imagination of Latics' fans, hoping to see their team accomplish an even-more-incredible F.A Cup feat to their performance in 2013, where they won the competition under Roberto Martinez, beating Manchester City in the final.
Unfortunately for Elder this was not to be, as Athletic sunk 2-0 at home to a resurgent Mark Hughes' side.
FULL TIME: Latics 0 @SouthamptonFC 2— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) March 18, 2018
Boys magnificent again today, but it's one step too far for Latics in the @EmiratesFACup. Another memorable journey in this special competition.#wafc 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/SKwyXYkjH6
In addition to Manchester City, Wigan also took out West Ham and Bournemouth in what should have been a horror-run to the last eight.
His performances in the competition, on loan from Premier League club Leicester City, sparked interest in the Australian left-back for a potential Socceroos call up.
But with competition from Reece James for Elder's role at Wigan, Bert van Marwijk sided with experienced Championship fullback James Meredith instead.