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Brillante on strike after semi stunner

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017 Simone Ziaziaris

If the evidence of Josh Brillante's two professional goals are anything to go on, he might try and pull a few more out of the bag.

The hard-working Sydney FC midfielder offered a glimpse of his unheralded finishing skills last December when he nailed his maiden A-League goal from 20 metres.

But his second on Saturday night topped it, a near 30-metre strike that paved the way for Sydney FC's 3-0 semi-final win over Perth.

Quality over quantity is clearly the preference for the Bundaberg-born 24-year-old, who felt an ideal range and acres of space had created the perfect recipe at Allianz Stadium.

He said he may have to take the solo strike more often.

"I think scoring that goal kind of helped us, fired us up a little bit and from then on we got going," Brillante said.

"I have just got to try and take my chances when they come more often and build a bit of confidence to have a strike instead of maybe passing it off.

"That is about as close as I get to the goals so you have to take those chances when you get them."

Brillante's recent liking to the back of the net hasn't been lost on midfield partner Brandon O'Neill, who was thrilled for his teammate and revealed he'd been hitting long-range goals all year in training.

"As soon as he takes that touch out of his feet you know where it is going, and he hit it so sweetly," O'Neill said.

The pair were again the engine room of Sydney's success and progression to next Sunday's home grand final, a rewarding on-field relationship O'Neill described as a "match".

"It is pretty funny, you can't really have one of us without the other one in there," he said.

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