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Sydney FC defeats Adelaide United in dramatic FFA Cup final

There was extra-time and a late all-in brawl as Sydney FC won the FFA Cup final to clinch the coveted domestic treble.

Milos Nikovic opened the scoring and Nikola Mileusnic levelled with the first away goal in the Cup's short final history, before Bobo finally separated the sides in the 111th minute.

Late drama overshadowed Tuesday's enthralling affair in front of 13,452 people at Allianz Stadium, when Adelaide's Michael Marrone pushed a ball boy and feisty Sydney substitute Matt Simon reacted, sparking a mass melee involving both coaches and eventually the police.

On the pitch, Graham Arnold's men convincingly added a third trophy to their A-League Premiers' Plate and championship in arguably their best performance of the season.

For all that, Adelaide had the first chance of a scrappy opening when Ryan Kitto latched onto Nikola Mileusnic's cross and took a point-blank stab.

A desperate Alex Wilkinson evoked the last-ditch slide but it was Andrew Redmayne who got his body in front of it just in time. Then Sydney took charge.

Their period of dominance yielded a goal in the 19th minute when Bobo fed to Alex Brosque and the skipper, on an intelligent run to the left, rolled the ball to the feet of Ninkovic.

Surrounded by Red shirts, the Johnny Warren medallist took a touch with his left foot, shifted the ball to his right to divert a sliding Marrone, and slotted past Paul Izzo.

Not 10 minutes later Ninkovic was down and receiving treatment for an apparent calf injury, finally returning to play but visibly hindered until David Carney relieved him on the hour mark.

That the Serb still managed a remarkable pass to put Brosque through in Adelaide's box was evidence of how much he would be missed for the remainder of the contest.

By that time, the Reds had steadied the ship and entered Sydney's area with increasing regularity.

Though they rarely threatened once there, Redmayne could count himself lucky Ben Garuccio's free kick clattered flush into the upright.

Milos Ninkovic
Sydney FC marquee Milos Nikovic opened the scoring for the Sky Blues in Tuesday's FFA Cup triumph.

The goalkeeper was clearly beaten and frozen to the spot, but managed to regain composure in time to collect the Reds' follow-up.

There was nothing he could do about Adelaide's equaliser.

Ersan Gulum released Mileusnic on the right, the winger drawing in Michael Zullo before cutting inside to curl the ball around Redmayne into the top left-hand corner.

Sydney should have had their winner and more but for Izzo's late heroics, saving a Bobo header at point-blank range and then denying the Brazilian striker again two minutes later.

Despite a late Sky Blues penalty appeal when the ball struck Marrone's arm in the box, the contest wasn't done in 90 minutes.

The Reds came agonisingly close to an extra-time winner, Matmour missing a sitter and substitute Mark Ochieng skying another with the goal and a first away Cup triumph beckoning.

But Bobo struck, and by the time Marrone was red-carded for manhandling the ball boy the match belonged to Sydney.

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