May 10, 2015 11:09:54 UK
Skipper Alex Brosque scored two goals just minutes either side of half-time to help Sydney FC reach the Grand Final with a 4-1 win over Adelaide United.
United had hoped to exploit Sydney’s vulnerability at home – where they suffered all five of their defeats during the regular season – but were effectively out of the semi-final at 3-0 down just two minutes into the second half.
It was a fantastic performance and the crowd was brilliant.
The Sky Blues turned on the style to set up a Grand Final against premiers Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park next Sunday. Sydney are 2.20 to win the decider, with Victory 1.66.
It will be a meeting between the sides who finished first and second in the league, just three points apart, and who drew all three of their games during the regular season.
Brosque said: “All week I’ve had a really good feeling, I don’t know why but I’ve just got so much confidence in this team.
“I knew the boys would come out tonight and there wasn’t a player who didn’t work his socks off. It was a fantastic performance and the crowd was brilliant.”
Nearly 27,000 were on hand at Allianz Stadium and they were treated to some excellent attacking football from both teams.
Sydney showed the way as they broke the deadlock on 19 minutes, Chris Naumoff getting in behind the defence down the left and cutting the ball back to where Bernie Ibini fired into the roof of the net.
The home side doubled their lead in first-half injury time when Milos Dimitrijevic found Ibini on the right and his perfect cross was back-heeled home at the near post by Brosque.
Golden Boot winner Marc Janko, returning to the side, looked to have wasted a chance for a third goal straight after the break when Isaias took the ball off him in the area, but the loose ball was then clinically dispatched into the far corner by Brosque.
United pulled a goal back 16 minutes from time, Craig Goodwin ending his surging run through the defence by squeezing a shot under Vedran Janjetovic.
But the Sky Blues deservedly had the last word when Naumoff took a return pass from Terry Antonis in the final minute and smashed the ball past Eugene Galekovic.
Sydney are 3.00 to win the decider in 90 minutes, with Victory 2.30 and the draw 3.40.
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