Rhyan Grant was in the hunt for his third major honour with Sydney FC, as his side walked out onto the AAMI Park pitch on Wednesday night.
The Sky Blues faced Melbourne City in the final of the third installment of the FFA Cup.
With the scores locked at 0-0 in the first half, Grant made an earlier burst into the box.
He had the goal in sights, but elected to play the ball off and the chance was squandered.
The Sky Blues were punished in the second half, after a dominate City took the lead through Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
At last minute cry by Alex Brosque for a foul was waved away by the referee, meaning City claimed their first piece of silverware.
The former Bathurst ’75-Western representative has now lost his last two major finals, both at AAMI Park.
Although Grant featured from the bench in the 2015 grand final defeat, he still has the 2010 champions and premiers medal in his personal trophy cabinet.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold did not want to speak long in his post-game press-conference, but said the financial backing for Melbourne City has paid-off for them.
Arnold was also lead to believe that his side could have sold-out final.
“One disappointing thing, if there was, that it wasn’t a full house,” he said.
“If we played in Sydney it would’ve been [sold out].”
Grant’s team-mates will have no time to rest on their morals, as they travel back to New South Wales to play away to the Newcastle Jets, on Sunday afternoon.