A #BigBlue showdown looms in the Foxtel Y-League Grand Final after Melbourne Victory have booked their place against Sydney FC in the decider following the completion of Round 10.
The Victory accounted for Adelaide United to finish top of Group A, while upcoming opponents Sydney FC continued their form with a big win over Canberra United in Group B.
Elsewhere, there were wins also for Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers as they wrapped up their campaigns.
Melbourne Victory book Grand Final berth
Melbourne Victory emphatically secured their place in the end-of-season decider with a commanding 4-1 win over Adelaide United at Epping Stadium on Saturday.
With the winner guaranteed of finishing top of Group A, Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio netted a timely hat-trick for the hosts to lift his season’s tally to seven goals.
The attacker delivered his side the perfect start with two goals inside the opening 16 minutes – rounding the goalkeeper on the back of Nishan Velupillay’s pass for the opener, before tucking away the rebound for his second after Aaron Anderson’s initial strike hit the post.
Jai King-Byrne pulled a goal back for the visitors to give them hope prior to the hour, but Victory steadied to restore their two-goal advantage via a stunning strike into the top corner from Joshua Varga in the 69th minute.
Velupillay struck the post shortly after for the Victory before Lawrie-Lattanzio sealed the win in the closing stages to secure his hat-trick.
The performance comes at the right time for Gareth Naven's side ahead with the three-goal margin their largest win since their opening round 7-0 drubbing of Brisbane Roar.
Sydney FC in seventh heaven against Canberra
Sydney FC have warmed up for the Foxtel Y-League Grand Final after romping to a 7-0 win over Canberra United – completing an undefeated run through Group B.
Benjamin Koop claimed a hat-trick for the Sky Blues as Canberra skipper Sam Brown found his goal constantly under attack.
The hosts come out all guns blazing and stormed to a three goal lead after just 12 minutes as Jake Hollman’s sixth minute opener was followed by a two goals in as many minutes from Koop.
Hollman struck again to secure his brace shortly after the half-hour, before Marco Tilio added his name to the score sheet immediately prior to the break with his ninth goal of the campaign.
Koop’s side footed finish with a quarter hour remaining concluded his personal haul, but the host’s weren’t done as Fletcher McFarlane delivered the final touch on a scramble in the box to finalise the result.
The win sees Sydney conclude their Conference stage as the stand-out attacking side – delivering a league-leadering 37 goals in eight matches, 20 more than looming Grand Final opponents Victory.
Melbourne City close season with away win in Perth
Melbourne City ended their Group A season on a high as they edged out Perth Glory 1-0 at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday.
Emile Peios delivered the winning goal for the visitors in the 79th minute – his headed finish marking his first goal of the campaign.
Despite temperatures in the mid-30’s the match delivered scoring opportunities for both sides with City’s Raphael Borges Rodrigues denied one-on-one by Glory keeper Jackson Lee early in the first half, while a number of scrambles in the box were also foiled by goal line clearances from the Glory defence.
Glory’s best opportunity came in the opening stanza when Jayden Leader fired just over the crossbar, while Giordano Colli and Charlie Leech also fired off-target in the second stanza.
The result concludes a strong finish to the season for City as they extended their unbeaten run to four games in Group A and notched their first clean sheet on the road this season.
Wanderers shoot-down Jets in ten goal thriller
Mohamed Adam delivered a first-half hat-trick as Western Sydney Wanderers came away 6-4 winners over Newcastle Jets in Group B at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday.
Ali Auglah, Nicholas Sullivan and Kosta Grozos also got in on the act for the Wanderers, while a quartet of Jets goal scorers could not prevent their side from concluding their season on a losing note.
Jordan O'Doherty struck the post early in his return from injury for the Wanderers before Adam netted the opener on the turn in the 10th minute, then delivered the assist for Auglah to double the lead four minutes later.
Dean Pelekanos played in Adam for the Wanderers’ third midway through the half before the Jets quickly pulled two goals back through Bailey Wells and Lucas Mauragis.
However, Adam remained a threat and sealed his hat-trick in the 40th minute latching on to the rebound after a strike from Sullivan drew a parried save.
Sullivan continued the scoring spree prior to the hour with a headed finish before combining with Grozos, who slotted a composed finish to put the result beyond doubt in the 67th minute.
The Jets showed spirit with a pair of consolation goals in the closing quarter hour – Jack Simmons and Patrick Langlois halving the deficit – but the Wanderers saw it out to end their season on a three-match unbeaten run.
The entertaining result stands in stark contrast to the side’s previous meeting in Group B last month that ended in a 0-0 draw.
Foxtel Y-League Grand Final
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Friday, 31 January 2020
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
Kick-off: 4.30pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 4:30pm (AEDT), Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers