Sydney FC kept their FFA Cup hopes alive as they defeated Blacktown City 3-0 while Tim Cahill’s Melbourne City comprehensively defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1.
Sydney FC’s encounter with NPL NSW side Blacktown City saw their new marquee signing Bobo make his first start for the Sky Blues and he didn’t disappoint. The Brazilian showed why he’s Sydney’s marquee man and proved why he’s one to watch for the upcoming A-League season. His cross in the 13th minute found an unmarked Filip Holosko who tapped home to give the Sky Blues the lead. Bobo was again the provider for Sydney’s second goal as he set up David Carney’s first time volley on the edge of the box.
Despite going 2-0 down, Blacktown City continued to press and looked threatening going forward. Former Sydney FC winger Mitch Mallia had City’s only real chance of the game as his strike hit the post just before the break.
Bobo capped off a perfect starting debut as he got himself on the scoresheet in the 80th minute courtesy of Milos Ninkovic’s low cross, sealing Sydney FC’s spot in semi-final.
Melbourne City hosted last season’s A-League finalist Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park. It didn’t take long for the Citizens to get on the scoresheet as Danish defender Michael Jakobsen scored an audacious bicycle kick inside to box to give City the lead in the 2nd minute. City captain Bruno Fornaroli doubled the lead in the 32nd minute with a tap-in assisted by Cahill.
A defensive lapse by Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley sent Fornaroli through on goal but a last-ditch effort by Topor-Stanley backfired on the captain as he was given his marching orders. Cahill stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted it past Andrew Redmayne to give City a 3-0 lead going into the break.
Fornaroli then picked up a brace to further add to the Wanderers’ misery. Spanish midfielder Dimas Delgado got one back for Western Sydney but the damage had already been done as City cruised through to the semi-final. – Ben Owusu Boakye
Photo of Melbourne City celebrating their win from the Melbourne City Facebook page.