Sydney FC made a strong statement of intent ahead of the W-League finals series with an efficient 4-1 dismantling of rivals Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
Sydney raced to a three-goal halftime lead and added a fourth within seconds of the restart, with the gulf in class clearly evident against a Wanderers side playing only for pride.
Chloe Logarzo opened the floodgates on 25 minutes in a spectacular fashion with a 20-metre strike that went in off the inside off the post to the delight of a festive crowd at Seymour Shaw Park in Sydney's south.
The lead was doubled within minutes as Caitlin Foord, having uncharacteristically failed to convert several openings, netted from close range thanks to Lisa De Vanna's assist.
Defender Caitlin Cooper headed home a corner before halftime, and Sydney could have been further in front but for the profligacy of Foord and De Vanna.
It got even worse for the Wanderers who were unable to avoid a record derby defeat as Remy Siemsen extended the lead just moments after the interval.
The Wanderers pulled a goal back through Dutch defender Maruschka Waldus in the latter stages, but a disappointing day continued for the visitors with midfielder Olivia Price exiting with a serious looking knee injury.
"It was a very solid showing after grinding out results the past few weeks, but this was a more solid football performance," said Sydney FC coach Ante Juric.
Despite extending their undefeated run to nine matches, Sydney were unable to overhaul Brisbane Roar for the Premiers Plate as the Queenslanders maintained their three-point lead with a 4-1 win over Canberra.
Sydney FC, who are seeking a first championship since their Sam Kerr-inspired victory in 2013, will now take on Newcastle Jets in next weekend's semi-final.
"Hopefully we can start capitalising in the finals [on missed chances] but I can't begrudge the players because they are going forward at every opportunity."