FFA Cup: Efficient Sydney FC eliminate wasteful Western Sydney Wanderers

It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Sky Blues in a comfortable looking scoreline

Sydney FC are through to their third consecutive FFA Cup final with a 3-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers in Penrith on Saturday night.

Attacking trio Adam Le Fondre, Trent Buhagiar and Siem de Jong all found the back of the net in the second half - the latter scoring a wonderful free kick to show his quality.

The Wanderers were the dominant team in the first half, pinning Sydney in their own half for long period, but failing to capitalise on their possession.

If it wasn't for a magnificent goal saving tackle by Rhyan Grant on Roly Bonevacia just as the winger was about to tap in, Western Sydney would have had an early lead.

Chances were few and far between for the Sky Blues in the first half, with their goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne kept busy denying Brendan Hamill and Jaushua Sotirio with smart saves.

But De Jong sprung to life early in the second half, slipping through a wonderful ball to Buhagiar, who scored his fourth FFA Cup with a smart finish past Daniel Nizic.

The marquee Dutchman then flighted a terrific free kick from 25 yards in to the top corner to double the lead and stun a deflated Wanderers outfit.

It was harsh on the Wanderers, who should have equalised a few minutes earlier when Josh Risdon found himself one-on-one with Redmayne, but the Socceroo defender's finish was expertly blocked by the keeper.

The flattering scoreline was completed with 15 minutes to play after makeshift Wanderers centre half Tarek Elrich conceded a penalty after making slight contact on Le Fondre.

The Englishman smashed the penalty into the top corner off the bar to send Sydney fans delirious and into a meeting against Adelaide in the FFA Cup decider.

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Adelaide will host the final at Coopers Stadium on October 30.


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