Sydney FC will host next weekend’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final after storming to a 3-0 win over Perth Glory in Saturday night’s first semi final at Allianz Stadium.
The premiers earned their shot at the double with a rampant three-goal first half in front of over 21,000 fans.
Glory began with confidence on a poor surface, but any Sydney nerves were settled when Josh Brillante thundered an unstoppable drive beyond Liam Reddy in the 21st minute.
Reddy tipped two more efforts around the post but couldn’t deny a rampaging Jordy Buijs shortly before the break, with the VAR deeming an offside Bobo to have not impacted play.
The visitors were left searching for a miracle after Filip Holosko athletically added a third on the stroke of half time.
Andy Keogh spurned a pair of opportunities but the visitors rarely created enough to trouble the Sky Blues, who will aim to cap a dream season with their third championship against either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane Roar next weekend.
1-0 Sydney: Brillante, 21’
Receiving possession centrally and with few options, Brillante got the ball out of his feet and lashed an absolute bullet into the top left corner.
2-0 Sydney: Buijs, 37’
Buijs stormed through the centre, collected a one-two with Alex Brosque and did enough to finish low through Reddy.
3-0 Sydney: Holosko, 45’+1
Holosko rose high to nod beyond the onrushing Reddy after Brandon O’Neill dinked a delightful ball over Glory’s back four.
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