JVS delighted as City celebrate famous Cup win

Coach John van 't Schip gave Melbourne City a free pass to celebrate their Westfield FFA Cup triumph despite their next A-League match being only three days away.

City defeated Sydney FC 1-0 on Wednesday night to win the FFA Cup Final and claim the club's first men's title, with marquee forward Tim Cahill scoring the goal at AAMI Park.

City crowned Westfield FFA Cup 2016 winners

While Van 't Schip's side will have to regroup quickly ahead of Saturday night's A-League clash with Brisbane Roar, the Dutch coach insisted City would do "the right thing" and celebrate.

"For sure. I think if you win, you have to celebrate and we all know we have a game on Saturday, so we'll celebrate with that in the back of our head," he said.

"You have to celebrate those things because… they don't just come. They're a special moment, these kind of games. If you don't celebrate these wins then I think you're not doing the right thing.

"So we'll have a drink, we'll have a laugh and also prepare ourselves, in the back of our mind for Saturday."

In a tense and at times feisty final, Cahill added another chapter to his career of big moments by getting his head on the end of Ivan Franjic's cross in the 53rd minute.

Melbourne City players celebrate Tim Cahill's goal in the FFA Cup Final against Sydney FC.

It was another reminder of why City have paid so much money to secure the Socceroos forward on a guest marquee contract.

"Tim, this evening, was fighting, was not even playing one of his best games but you know that he has that moment in him," Van 't Schip said.

"He's experienced, he doesn't get too fussed about not being in the game as much as he wanted - on the ball - but he was battling, he was fighting and the moment he had to be there he was there, and he made a great goal.

"The quality of the goal was very high level."

Having been involved with City almost continuously they played their first competitive match as Melbourne Heart in 2010, Van 't Schip was thrilled to have secured the club's first major trophy.

City players celebrate after their 1-0 win over Sydney FC.

Van 't Schip has had his critics in his time in Australia, while a short stint with Guadalajara in Mexico in 2013 didn't go well.

When asked what he thought about having finally lifted a trophy as a coach, Van 't Schip thanked family and friends but also had a few special words to say about his former mentor - Ajax legend Johan Cruyff.

"I also think of Cruyff," he said.

"Cruyff, who passed away more than half a year ago, and his legacy, the football philosophy that he left behind and I hope to contribute in the way that he wanted to play football. I think we're making those steps here as well."