A goal from Elvis Kamsoba in the second half saw Sydney FC win 1-0 over Brisbane Roar and advance to the semi-finals of the FFA Cup.
Kamsoba scored his fourth goal of the season at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday in the 63rd minute as the Sky Blues overcame an understaffed Roar to set up a last-four encounter with Central Coast.
With both teams playing their first game of 2022 due to COVID postponements, chances were limited in a first half marred by heavy rain.
Midfielder Max Burgess had the best chance of opening 45 as he forced Roar keeper Macklin Freke to make a save just before the break.
Anthony Caceres forced Freke to make another dead save 10 minutes into the second half before defender James Donachie headed just past the post from the resulting corner.
Minutes later, Kamsoba managed to break the deadlock when he met Rhyan Grant’s cross at the far post with a neat side-footed finish to cap off a well-worked move.
Le Roar, who was missing several players due to isolation from COVID or the aftermath of the virus, regained hope when Donachie was sent off for a second bookable offense when he fouled substitute Cyrus Dehmie .
The visitors pushed for the equalizer and came closest in the 91st minute, but Paulo Retre’s clearance to the goal line with a Dehmie shot was as close as they came to force the game into extension.
Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix have already been drawn to meet in the other semi-final.
This is the fourth time the 2017 winner Sydney has made it to an FFA Cup semi-final, while Brisbane’s exit came after reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in the club’s history.
Sydney and Brisbane meet again in the men’s A-League competition at the same venue on Saturday.