Revenge is a dish best served cold and Sydney FC showed no mercy on Sunday night as they beat Melbourne Victory 6-1 in their A-League semi-final.
One year since extra-time defeat in the corresponding fixture last season, the Sky Blues were on track to make amends from the outset as they opened the scoring just three minutes in with Lawrence Thomas unable to hold a corner under pressure from Aaron Calver, who got the decisive touch.
Victory would go on to dominate play in the first 45 minutes but struggled to carve out any clear chances and Sydney would make them pay severely just before the break.
Retiring Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque firing a brilliant volley home at the back post in the 43rd minute before Leigh Broxham headed the ball into his own net deep into injury time as Sydney FC went into halftime 3-0 up.
Things went from bad to worse for Victory in the second half with Georg Niedermeier giving away a penalty for a foul on Adam Le Fondre with the striker dispatching the spot-kick in the 63rd minute.
Five minutes later Le Fondre would bag his second after slotting the ball past Thomas following a through ball from Milos Ninkovic to make it 5-0.
Ninkovic then grabbed a goal of his own in the 88th minute as he fired home at the back post for Sydney's sixth
A horror night for Victory ending with a consolation injury-time goal from Ola Toivonen as the Sky Blues walked away 6-1 winners.
Steve Corica's side will now travel to Perth next Sunday in the A-League decider full of confidence.