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Minor semi final: Sutherland Sharks v Sydney FC, 7:30pm Tuesday 20 August
Sutherland Sharks will play Sydney FC in 2019’s Minor Semi-Final; both sides coming into this match in contrasting spirits after the first round of the finals on Saturday afternoon.
Sutherland were beaten in a shootout against Rockdale City Suns at Sydney United Sports Centre; equalising with five minutes of normal time remaining before missing three from the spot to drop into the minor semi.
The Sky Blues were also taken to penalties in their elimination semi final against APIA Leichhardt, and ultimately came out on top after the shootout carried over to sudden death spot kicks.
Sutherland beat Sydney 1-0 when these sides last met, with Thomas Aquilina proving the difference between the two teams at Valentine Sports Park in mid-July.
They also met twice in the finals last season; Sydney FC winning 5-0 in the first round of the finals before Sutherland edged them in the Grand Final a few weeks later.
The Sky Blues will be desperate for revenge; the Sharks desperate to defend their Championship for a third year running.