Melbourne City will take part in the Club’s third FFA Cup Semi Final when the team heads north to take on Brisbane Strikers. As we look ahead to the clash, we take a look at our two previous Semi Final appearances.
2016: Melbourne Victory 0-2 Melbourne City
Our journey to our inaugural FFA Cup trophy included a blockbuster Melbourne Derby Semi Final at AAMI Park in October 2016.
In front of 15,791 Melbournians, City midfielder Luke Brattan opened the scoring inside the first nine minutes. Fernando Brandan laid the ball off to Brattan, who fired the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards to hand City an early advantage.
With 13 minutes of regulation time remaining, Brandan sealed the result and a safe passage through to the 2016 FFA Cup Final when he tapped home from close range.
2015: Perth Glory 3-1 Melbourne City
We reached our first ever Semi Final in 2015, when we travelled to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory at HBF Park.
Gyorgy Sandor broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 24th minute, before Matthew Millar hit back to equalise with two minutes of regulation time remaining in the first half. Just when the scores looked to remain at 1-1 at the break, Ben Garuccio found the back of his own net to hand Perth a 2-1 advantage in the third minute of additional time.
As City attempted to work their way back into the contest, Chris Harold ensured the result for the Glory when he scored in the 72nd minute.
City return to FFA Cup action when they travel to Brisbane to take on NPL side Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park on Tuesday 1 October, kick-off 7:30pm.