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Melbourne sides kept apart in FFA Cup

  • Melbourne sides kept apart in FFA Cup

An all-Melbourne FFA Cup final remains a possibility after the semi-final draw kept the city's two A-League sides apart following the conclusion of Tuesday's quarter-finals.

Melbourne City eased through with a confident 5-0 rout of an outclassed Heidelberg United, with the win built around a stunning hat-trick from Aaron Mooy.

City's reward, however, is a challenging road trip to face Perth Glory who edged a penalty shoot-out win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

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A-League champions Melbourne Victory will start as hot favourites to claim passage to their maiden cup final after being drawn away against semi-professional Melbourne-based club Hume City in the other semi-final.

City coach John van `t Schip conceded he would have preferred to meet the Wanderers rather than make a long midweek trip across the Nullarbor in late October.

"I think the shorter trip is more favourable because it is midweek and that would be of benefit for resting and getting back for the next game in the league," Van `t Schip said.

Despite a run of pre-season injuries City are looking better with each passing match, and they have now scored 12 goals in three cup matches.

Star midfielder Mooy continued his rich vein of form on Tuesday, and the Socceroo has now bagged half of his side's goals so far this season.

His second-half treble against Heidelberg on Tuesday saw all the headlines stolen from Bergers star guest player - former Greek international Kostas Katsouranis.

"Aaron showed last year he's a player that adds something special to our team, and he showed that again tonight," said Van `t Schip.

"We're working hard towards the season that is ahead of us, and we are still to get a lot of players back from injury."

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was reluctant to overstate his team's clear favouritism against the last remaining second-tier side in the competition.

"We will show Hume all the respect they deserve for having got this far," said Muscat.

"We anticipate a difficult game, albeit one we go into with a great deal of confidence."

Semi-final match dates and venues are expected to be confirmed by the FFA later this week, with the final to be played on November 7.

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