With the quarter finals of the FFA Cup wrapping up last night, The Newsroom recaps all the action.
Palm Beach SC 0-5 Central Coast Mariners
The Central Coast Mariners earned their ticket to the semi finals after hammering Queensland’s Palm Beach 5-0 at Cbus Stadium.
Isaka Cernak finished off an excellent team move to give his side a 1-0 lead before the half hour mark. Anthony Caceres started the move on half way before Glen Trifiro and Hungarian Richard Vernes combined to play in Cernak.
The match remained tight before Phil Moss brought on utility Matt Sim to great avail.
Sim scored four goals in the last 20 minutes to blow the second tier side away and give the yellow and navy side a 5-0 victory, landing them with a spot in the final four.
Sydney FC 1-3 Adelaide United
Adelaide United joined the Mariners in the semis after defeating fellow A-League side Sydney FC 3-1.
The result had to be decided in extra time after Alex Brosque cancelled out Sergio Cirio’s 28th minute strike.
Nikola Petkovic was controversially sent off in the dying stages of regular time. The Serbian seem to accidentally clip Fabio Ferreira but referee Ben Williams showed the defender a straight red.
It did not take long for the Reds to secure their spot in the semi finals with Marcelo Carrusca setting up Bruce Djite twice either side of the break to give Adelaide a 3-1 win.
Bentleigh Greens 2-1 Adelaide City
The two remaining second tier teams met in the third quarter final as Victorian Premier League side Bentleigh Greens defeated Damian Mori’s Adelaide City.
Both sides had enough chances to go into half time with the lead but it wasn’t until the 48th minute when Alex Rideout gave City the lead after finishing from close range.
Bentleigh hit the crossbar in the final 15 minutes as it appeared that Adelaide would hang on to reach the final four. However, captain Wayne Wallace stepped up to head home from a corner to give Bentleigh the equaliser with two minutes left on the clock sending the match to extra time.
Referee Lucien Laverdure played an excellent advantage in the 104th minute, allowing de Abreu to score from outside the box, keeping Bentleigh’s fairytale alive with a 2-1 victory.
Perth Glory 4-2 Melbourne Victory
Injuries and red cards helped Perth Glory secure the final semi final spot after defeating Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium last night.
Archie Thompson succumbed to a hamstring injury prior to the match and Besart Berisha and Mathieu Delpierre joined him throughout the match.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah struck from outside the box to give Victory the lead after eight minutes. The lead only lasted seven minutes however after Andy Keogh converted from the spot after Leigh Broxham brought down Youssouf Hersi.
Keogh then gave Glory the lead with eight minutes left before Gui Finkler equalised with an exceptional free kick to send the match to extra time.
Daniel Georgievski and Adrian Leijer were sent off in the extra 30 minutes while Daniel de Silva and Nebojsa Marinkovic scored in both halves to give Perth a 4-2 win sending them to the semi finals.
The draw for the semi final will be revealed November 6 – Chris Matthews-Darby
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