FFA Cup Quarter Final wrap: APIA out after Goodwin stunner as Bentleigh deliver late show
APIA Leichhardt's dream FFA Cup run came to an end at the hands of Adelaide United in the Quarter Finals on Wednesday night.
The Reds will be joined in the Semi Finals by Bentleigh Greens after they edged out Victorian rivals Heidelberg United.
Here's our wrap of the second Quarter Final clashes.
APIA Leichhardt 0-2 Adelaide United
Craig Goodwin's thunderbolt helped Adelaide overcome a nervy second-half period to advance to the final four.
The recently returned winger broke the deadlock with an absolute rocket in the 71st minute that flew past the otherwise impressive Ivan Necevski.
Mirko Boland then nodded home at point-blank range to seal progression for last year's beaten Finalists.
APIA had been on top at the time of Goodwin's goal, having negotiated a testing first 45 minutes.
Tasuku Sekiya twice tested Paul Izzo while Sean Symons was unfortunate to see an effort skim off the crossbar and over the top.
In the end, though, Marco Kurz's men were clinical enough to keep alive their ambitions of a second FFA Cup triumph in the club's history.
Bentleigh Greens 1-0 Heidelberg United
Semi Finalists back in 2014, Bentleigh will have another shot at making it to the big stage courtesy of a late Jacob Alexander winner against Heidelberg.
Alexander produced the decisive moment of a tense and tight affair when he cut inside and picked out the bottom right corner with a classy curling finish in the 87th minute.
Chances had been few and far between until that time with both sides appearing to feel the effects of long seasons.
Heidelberg's hopes of advancing were not helped by the loss of star man Sean Ellis to injury in the first half.
The Bergers became desperate for an equaliser in the closing stages and almost conjured one at the death as a succession of efforts amid a penalty box scramble ended in the clutches of grateful Bentleigh goalkeeper Ryan Scott.