It was touted as a FFA Cup Final rematch with fireworks to suit but a performance with all the hallmarks of a Graham Arnold regime saw the points return to the Harbour City.

A sliding finish from Bobo in the shadows of halftime was the solitary goal Sydney needed to secure their victory, as the strongest side in the league put their best foot forward in the second half and kept Adelaide to no shots on target.

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The moment of brilliance from Sydney started with Brilliante as he played a lovely ball to the touchline on the right side, which seemingly was floating out until a brilliant effort from Luke Wilshere kept the play alive.

All in one move, the 36-year-old saved the ball and cut it back magically to the onrushing Brazilian who deftly finished between United’s two startled CBs.

Interestingly enough the Reds were uncharacteristically dominant in the opening stages.

Adelaide broke the lines on multiple occasions but their chronic failure to capitalise on opportunities was severely damaging yet again.

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Their pain was compounded after the opener crippling the Reds as they entered the second half with heads lowered.

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Arnie was more than happy with the result particularly after a concerning opening half-hour.

“What I’ve always believed in is that if you make yourself hard to beat defensively and are well–structured and hard to break down, you can have an average day and still win,” said the champion coach.

“What I’m proud about the most is that we’re doing this without Ninkovic.”

The Sky Blues played the part of a well-drilled and superbly managed outfit, very much resembling the vaunted championship outfit of last season.

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When asked if a dynasty could be on the cards Arnold certainly kept those cards close to his chest.

“We have some older boys. We let Holosko and Dimitrejevic go who were both 34 years of age.

“But we have some good kids coming through. In my time at the Mariners I enjoyed a lot working with the kids but it takes time to get the kids ready, especially to play for Sydney FC.

“There is pressure to play for Sydney, so you have to get them in at the right time and make sure they are ready, we have a great future with them.”

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Last night’s visitors definitely display aspects a league-dominating side, the likes of European powerhouses such as modern-day Juventus and Lyon in the early 2000s.

But like all other uber-successful sides, this sumptuous cake dearly needs the chef that meticulously pieced the ingredients together.

There is no one better prepared to cut slices of success out of this side than its maker and that’s why Arnold must be prepared to remain on his post.

But that’s a story for another day.

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