It was a wet and rainy afternoon clash at Kogarah between the Sky Blues and the Roar, the hosts progressed thanks to an Elvis Kamsoba second-half goal.
The Roar gave a debut to 20-year-old Louis Zabala as well as naming Alec Mills and Sam Klein within the matchday squad for the first time in their professional careers, while Sydney FC stuck with the same line-up that defeated Macarthur Bulls on Boxing Day.
It was a case of youth blended in with experience for both sides, as the Roar and the Sky Blues looked to progress into the FFA Cup Semi-Finals against the Central Coast Mariners.
The first chances of the first half landed to Sydney’s FC’s Patrick Wood and Max Burgess both but the forwards were unable to convert early on. The Roar’s Jessie Daley opened a chance that fell to Matti Steinmann but the midfielder fired his shot well wide of the post.
It was back to back big chances for the Sky Blues with James Donachie and Anthony Caceres both having chances saved by Roar custodian Macklin Freke.
Sydney finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, a Rhyan Grant cross found the oncoming Elvis Kamsoba who tucked it home for the home team.
Unfortunately for Sydney though, it wasn’t all a complete performance. 28-year-old centre-back James Donachie received a second yellow after a late challenge and will miss his next game for Sydney FC.
The Roar nearly had a late chance in the final minute but it was pinball within the box and Sydney’s defenders cleared the opportunity on the line to seal their spot in the illustrious FFA-Cup Semi-Finals for the Sky Blues.
Silverware looms for Steve Corica
Another FFA Cup Semi-Final looms for Sydney FC, the one-time cup champions now face Central Coast Mariners in a few weeks time.
This shot at silverware comes at a great time for Sydney FC and for head-coach Corica, as the 48-year-old manager is under strife for recent results while at the helm of the Australian giants.
The last time the Mariners and the Sky Blues faced, it wasn’t all sky blue for Sydney as it was downed by a quick 1-2 punch at Central Coast Stadium through Macros Urena and an own-goal from Anthony Caceres.
It’s now only one match that stands in the way for Corica’s squad for a cup-final, but the question has to be asked will the Mariners prove too strong? Or will Corica regain his form as a manager of Sydney FC?
New Year? New Kamsoba?
Eyebrows were raised across the league as Corica acquired the services of 25-year-old Burundi international but the move has paid dividends so far for Sydney.
The winger has two goals in five games in the Izusu UTE A-League competition, including two goals in the FFA Cup against Sydney Olympic and Brisbane Roar.
It is a big contrast for the 25-year-old who only scored six goals in 71 goals for Melbourne Victory and the move seems to have given the winger a large amount of confidence for the rest of the campaign.
He could prove a lethal weapon if Sydney FC is to reach the FFA-Cup finals and claim their second-ever cup title.
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Brisbane lack quality
The Roar was a club that was not expected to do much this season and they have not as recent results see them sitting last on the ladder with only one point.
The defeat against Sydney FC is the only the latest defeat that adds to a very long list of errors and issues to fix at Brisbane Roar for Warren Moon who similar to Corica is under strife for results at the Roar.
Their expected goals this season places them 11th in the league with 0.77xg per game and with only one goal scored in four games with the expense of conceding six goals so far this season, Moon should have no qualms about dropping out of the cup.
Argentine Juan Lesacno has not looked the goods so far this season, while NPL attackers Jez Lofthouse and Jessie Daley have added spark to the Brisbane attack it just has not worked for Warren Moon so far this season.
Sydney FC has now confirmed its place in the FFA Cup Semi-Finals. The Sky Blues will take on Central Coast Mariners at a date yet to be confirmed.