Sydney FC cruised past South Melbourne with an impressive 5-1 victory at Lakeside Stadium on Wednesday night, to book a place in the Westfield FFA Cup Final for a second straight year.
Lakeside was rocking as close to 6,000 South Melbourne supporters, players and members turned up to watch their PS4 NPL side take on the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions.
But despite a decent challenge in the opening 45 minutes and giving Sydney a scare, after substitute Leigh Minopoulos made it 2-1 by capitalising on a sumptuous ball over the top just after halftime, they failed to close the gap against the professionals.
Carney opened the scoring for Sydney in the 4th minute with a goal that appeared to come from nowhere. Brazilian striker Bobo netted a brace, scoring his first in the 18th minute after Jordy Buijs was allowed far too much time and space, then sent a pass to Bobo who fired past Roganovic.
After the break the heavens opened, but Melbourne pulled one back from a wonderful left foot strike from Pavlu. It wasn’t enough and by the 63rd minute Sydney had scored again with Bobo scoring his second of the night.
Seb Ryall got his name on the score sheet 10 minutes later before substitute Matt Simon emphasised the gulf in class with a header six minutes from time.
Graham Arnold’s side will now face either Western Sydney Wanderers or Adelaide United in the final.
Meanwhile, Sydney FC is has built up to another membership record, boosted after the club won the Premiership Championship double last season.
The Sky Blue target is 15,000 memberships which is equal to a 20% increase year on year. It is currently at 13,154 members which is their record from the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Season, with the figure set to rise throughout the season.