Sydney FC cruise into Westfield FFA Cup final

Sydney FC have cruised into the Westfield FFA Cup final after a 3-0 win over Canberra Olympic in the nation's capital on Wednesday night.

They now wait to face either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City, who meet next Tuesday night.  

Goals from Sebastian Ryall, Milos Dimitrijevic and the returning Bernie Ibini settled the result in front of 5,581 fans at Viking Park, but the Sky Blues were pushed all the way by their ACT opposition.

Olympic troubled the Sky Blues in the early stages of the match with their high defensive line, while striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid had the first shot on goal with an athletic bicycle kick.

At the other end Bobo came close to opening the scoring midway through the first-half when he sprung the offside trap but Olympic’s goalkeeper Angelo Konstantinou made a strong save to deny his shot.

The Sky Blues found the back of the net from the resulting corner however through the head of Ryall, while Alex Brosque came close before half-time hitting the bar. 

The home side had their captain to thank for keeping them in the contest in the second stanza, with the Futsalroos stopper making numerous clutch saves before Dimitrijevic found a way past from a set-piece.

Bernie Ibini capped his return from a serious ankle injury with a goal off the bench to seal the result.

Sydney FC's Bernie Ibini celebrates scoring against Canberra Olympic in their Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final.


0-1 Sydney FC, Ryall 24’
A corner variation from the visitors found Rhyan Grant in space at the top of the box, with his chip finding the head of his fellow defender, who nodded home an assured finish.

0-2 Sydney FC, Dimitrijevic 64’
A handball from the home side gave away a free-kick in a dangerous area, with the midfielder stepping up and curling the ball over the wall and into the top corner.

0-3 Sydney FC, Ibini 82’
David Carney released Matt Simon down the left flank with the striker picking out his fellow substitute with a pinpoint cross, who buried the ball into the back of the net.