Lavicka hails 'special' victory

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka described his side's dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle Jets which secured a finals berth as 'special'.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka described his side's dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle Jets which secured a finals berth as 'special'.

Knowing only victory would keep alive their season, the Sky Blues turned in an impressive first half performance to lead 3-1 at the interval, before enduring a nervy final five minutes as the Jets finally found a second goal.

Young Sydney FC striker Joel Chianese scored a double to add to Bruno Cazarine's early opener with the win securing fifth and setting up a semi-final trip to Wellington Phoenix next Friday.

Lavicka showed rare emotion following the match with the Czech set to depart his home of three years at the conclusion of the season.

Lavicka was given an official farewell before the match with the 2010 title-winning coach receiving a warm ovation from fans. The Sky Blues played their part by overcoming a poor home record to deliver for their outgoing boss.

"It was a special, emotional game for me," said Lavicka.

"I have a couple of great memories (here). But this was one of the biggest."

Lavicka described his team's effort as the "most important performance" of the season.

"I am proud of the players. They did a great job tonight.

"After a performance like this it is easy to be ready and focussed for the finals."

With a modest record this season at Allianz Stadium, and knowing that a draw would not be sufficient, Sydney chose the right moment to turn in what was arguably their best home performance of the campaign, at least in the opening half.

"Not making the finals would be an unsuccessful season for me. We did, so it is successful but we can go on (further)."

Lavicka reserved special praise for star midfielders Brett Emerton and Nick Carle.

"They are important players for us and they showed their quality," he said.

"Games like tonight are special games for big players. They showed quality but full credit to all the players."

Two-goal hero Chianese was less coy about the possibilities for the two-time champions over the coming weeks.

"I think we can go all the way," said the striker.

"We're going to take every game as it comes but we can it a shake up in the finals."