Jordan Courtney-Perkins makes BRFC history in Cup win

BRFC Academy product Jordan Courtney-Perkins became the Club’s youngest ever player in Wednesday’s 2-0 FFA Cup win over Sydney FC aged just 16 years, 276 days.

The youngster operated in a variety of roles in the Roar’s defence in Wednesday’s win, marking his competitive debut for the Club with a full 90-minute performance.

Courtney-Perkins, who also played a part in each of the Roar’s three pre-season wins prior to Wednesday’s match, breaks the record set by fellow BRFC Academy graduate Izaack Powell just in February this year.

The-16-year-old put in an assured performance as the Roar defensive unit shut out a Sydney FC attack containing potent threat in the likes of Adam Le Fondre, Kosta Barbarouses, Milos Ninkovic and Alexander Baumjohann.

The clean sheet in Wednesday’s win was just the Roar’s second in the competition’s history as they set up a Round of 16 clash with Central Coast Mariners.

BRFC Head Coach Robbie Fowler said he’d been incredibly impressed with Courtney-Perkins, who is in contention to represent the Joeys at this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

“We started a 16-year-old, I’m not sure too many managers would do that, I thought the lad was absolutely brilliant,” Fowler said post-match.

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Courtney-Perkins was one of nine players to make his competitive debut for the club in Wednesday’s win, with fellow new-boys Tom Aldred, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jake McGing and Scott Neville lining up alongside the youngster at the back.

Further forward, Irishman Jay O’Shea, who marked his first Roar appearance with a goal from midfield, joined fellow debutants Brad Inman and Roy O’Donovan in the starting squad.

George Mells made his first BRFC appearance from the bench while the returning Rahmat Akbari and Jai Ingham both played their first matches of their second stints at the club.

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