Sydney FC underlined their threat as title contenders thanks to a convincing 3-0 defeat of APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Cromer Park in Saturday’s qualifying final.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 0-3 Sydney FC, Saturday 2.30pm at Cromer Park
The Sky Blues faced an APIA side in a formidable vein of form but easily accounted for the Tigers thanks to goals from John Iredale, Samuel Mcillhatton and Finn Ballard-Mcbride.
The A-League outfit stumbled over the finishing line at the conclusion of the regular league season but were considerably boosted by the returns of first grade regulars Samuel Mcillhatton and leading scorer John Iredale who both played a pivotal role in the triumph.
Iredale guided home a Jerry Skotadis free kick on the cusp of half time to claim his 16th strike of the season and edge out an even opening half.
Despite fleeting moments of promise for their opponents Sydney FC remained resolute and doubled their lead with fifteen minutes remaining when Ballard-Mcbride combined with Guiseppe Tilio before finding the back of the net.
Mcillhatton made it 3-0 two minutes later to set up a grand final qualifier against premiers Sutherland on Saturday.
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