Josh Brillante (right) celebrates with teammates.
Josh Brillante (right) celebrates with teammates. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Brillante ends Cup blues with win

FOOTBALL: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has praised the endurance of Bundaberg's Josh Brillante after the side won the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

The Sky Blues claimed their third trophy in the past year with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United in extra time at Allianz Stadium.

A 111th-minute header from Bobo put the Sky Blues in elite company in Australian football.

They became the first side since the Melbourne Knights in 1994-95 to win the Cup, the minor premiership and the championship in the same season.

Arnold said the side did well to back up to play their second game in three days.

Brillante impressed with more than 100 touches of the ball and the most passes for his side.

"Brillante clocked up 17km tonight - it's a great effort,” he said.

"He'll back up in three days, he'll be right and we're looking forward to Brisbane.”

Sydney plays the Roar on Saturday.



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