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Bobo propels Sydney FC into FFA Cup semis

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC marquee man Bobo has made a cracking starting debut for his new club, scoring his first goal and notching two superb assists to propel the Sky Blues into their first FFA Cup semi-final.

The Brazilian striker displayed a deft touch and intelligent tactical nous on the artificial surface at Edensor Park, taking on the role of provider to both David Carney and Filip Holosko as Sydney ran riot over Blacktown City on Wednesday night.

Not to be denied his own place on the scoresheet, the 31-year-old also poked home a second-half goal to cap off a 3-0 triumph and prove his million-dollar worth three weeks out from Sydney's blockbuster opening A-League match against Western Sydney.

First, Bobo latched onto a cheap giveaway by former Sydney player Mitchell Mallia and rifled an excellent ball to the back post for Holosko to volley home on 13 minutes.

Then, on 26 minutes, he set up a Carney screamer.

Picking up a pass from Rhyan Grant, he almost casually headed back for Carney to fire an exquisite volley from the edge of the box.

Youngster Brandon O'Neill kicked off the well-constructed play and was a rock in midfield, his defensive work doing a job on the toiling Demons.

Mark Crittenden's home side, who fielded several former A-League players, persisted but struggled to move forward fluidly and were well contained.

Blacktown winger and Adelaide United signing in waiting Danny Choi attempted an audacious shot from inside his own half and was not far off beating Sydney goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.

But a killer third goal to the visitors seemed inevitable.

On 78 minutes, left-back Michael Zullo laid the sealer on a plate for Bobo, making a great run and cross for his new teammate to tap in.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold said Bobo was still only at about 60 per cent fitness.

"It's only one game but he works extremely hard for the team - so far so good," Arnold said.

"You can see the combination with him and Filip from their Besiktas days.They know each other's game.

"The type of player he is, he needs service. He makes good forward runs, it's a matter of us seeing them.

"We're not seeing them all the time but we're working hard at training to combine with him."

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