Sydney FC have cruised their way through to this stage of the 2017 edition of the Westfield FFA Cup and will face their biggest test as they take on Melbourne City on Wednesday. We look at Sydney’s path to the Quarter Final.
Round of 32, Wednesday 2 August – Darwin Rovers 0-8 Sydney FC
Despite a number of lower ranked sides in the competition, Darwin Rovers’ history in the FFA Cup has seen them cop beatings otherwise unseen in the competition and their clash with the reigning A-League Premiers and Champions was no different.
Sydney’s Round of 32 clash was no more than a training run, taking a 3-0 lead into the break through a Bobo double and David Carney.
The Brazilian was licking his lips throughout the contest, finishing the match with four goals while Matt Simon, Jordy Buijs and Milos Ninkovic added to the rout seeing Sydney inflict one of the biggest wins of competition history.
Round of 16, Tuesday 29 August – Bankstown Berries 0-3 Sydney FC
Coming off the back of a regulation win over Darwin, Sydney would then draw the lowest ranked side in the competition Bankstown Berries in an all-Sydney affair.
An early goal settled the nerves for Sydney as captain Alex Brosque netted a fortuitous deflected strike early but the Berries hung in with Sydney, doing their best to match them punch for punch in the first half.
The A-League Champions would flex their muscle after the break as Bobo and new Polish signing Adrian Mierzejewski added their names to the score sheet in the second half.
Despite the result, Graham Arnold’s side didn’t have it all their way, being pushed by Perry Moustakas and his side, but they would prove to be too strong for the non-NPL minnows, booking their date with Melbourne City in the Quarters.