A-League champs through to FFA Cup final after victory

On target ... Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha. Photo: AAP Images
On target ... Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha. Photo: AAP Images

MELBOURNE Victory is on track to complete an incredible treble when it hosts the Perth Glory at AAMI Park in the FFA Cup final next Saturday night.

The A-League champion qualified for the decider after seeing off a brave Hume City 3-0 in its semi-final.

Besart Berisha's first-half penalty and late goals from Kosta Barbarouses and Jason Geria confirmed the win.

Berisha's goal continued his run of scoring in every round this year. He now has seven goals in the Cup to be the competition's equal-leading scorer with the Glory's Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adelaide's Sergio Cirio.

A sweeping Victory attack saw Barbarouses get down the right and cross for Berisha late in the first half. He was pulled down in the box by Bradley Walker for a penalty and scored from the spot.

The Victory then made the result safe in the final minute as Barbarouses fired into the bottom corner, before Geria scored in stoppage time to make it 3-0.

Hume was far from disgraced in front of more than 6000 fans, going close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Having already claimed the A-League championship and Premiers' Plate in 2015, the Victory will now look to add the FFA Cup to its trophy cabinet in the decider.

Perth chief executive Peter Filopoulos said he was disappointed his team would be forced to travel interstate, after qualifying for its second-straight FFA Cup final.

"Going forward we have proposed that the FFA Cup Final be played over two legs - home and away," he said.


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