Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United might be only two years old but the NPL Queensland club is ready to make history in the FFA Cup.
Magpies Crusaders have reached the round of 32 for the first time and will face Gold Coast Premier League side Coomera Colts on July 24.
The club was only founded in 2017 after a merger between Magpies Sporting Club and Mackay Crusaders Football Club.
Now they have one eye on the round of 16 after getting through to the last 32 thanks to a penalty shootout win over Brothers Townsville.
"It was certainly very exciting," Magpies Crusaders general manager Darren Smith told FTBL.
"Under the circumtances it happened with the penalty shootout, they’re always very stressful, so the boys were very pleased and recognize it’s a pretty exciting opportunity.
"We were nearly there last year, we were 3-0 up against Cairns and went on to lose 4-3, so that was pretty heart-breaking. We felt like we had one foot in the round of 32. So we were all a bit nervous about this one so it’s nice to get the victory, albeit a tough one.
"It gives the boys an opportunity to play on the next stage."
Smith admits it is a dream to be involved in this late round of the FFA Cup, considering the club's relative youth.
"We were formed through a merger of Crusaders, the junior youth NPL pathway, and they merged with Magpies, which was the senior successful team in the region," he explained.
"Given the introduction of the NPL in Queensland and the QPL, the two bodies decided to get together and form a club. It all hapenned fairly quickly in the end. So far so good.
"Like anything there’s been some teething issues, but we’re certainly happy to be heading into this competition. We would have never thought it would have been a reality a year and a half ago when the club was formed. It was sort of pie in the sky stuff."