Top five FFA Cup moments of 2018: Sydney Derby lights up the Semi Finals
The FFA Cup has become a treasured fixture on the Australian footballing calendar and this year's edition threw up some unforgettable highlights.
Great goals, derby drama and quintessential upsets made for an action-packed three months of Final Rounds action.
We're celebrating another terrific tournament by looking back on five of the biggest moments of 2018.
Today, we reflect on a pulsating derby clash that brought a unique edge to the final four.
Sydney Derby brings spice to Semi Finals
A packed-out Panthers Stadium served as the brilliant backdrop to an absorbing Sydney Derby on no less a stage than the FFA Cup Semi Finals in October.
Anticipation reached immense levels in the lead-up and crescendoed into an intense contest, the closeness of which was not entirely reflected in the final 3-0 scoreline.
Sydney FC weathered heavy Western Sydney Wanderers pressure in the opening 45 minutes before seeing off their bitter rivals thanks to a devastating 26-minute spell in the second half.
Goals from Trent Buhagiar, Siem de Jong and Adam Le Fondre booked their ticket to a second straight decider and continued the Sky Blues' derby dominance.