In an intense, tight and at times scrappy FA Cup final, it was fitting that the game’s standout player, Adrian Mierzejewski, provided the assist to Bobo’s match-winning goal deep into extra time.
Cirio’s sixth goal in five FFA Cup games proved the difference as Adelaide won the inaugural competition on home soil.
Nikolai Petkovic’s red card at the end of regular time meant Sydney FC went down to 10 for extra time, where Bruce Djite’s double proved decisive.
Phil Moss’ side became increasingly rigid in their attacking structure last season, but impressed with some new-look fludiity in the FFA Cup
Graham Arnold’s tactical adjustments to Sydney FC’s style of play have been obvious in the side’s pre-season friendlies