FFA Cup: South Melbourne coach abandons Bali holiday for date with Sydney FC

There aren't many things South Melbourne coach Chris Taylor would let interrupt a family holiday, but an FFA Cup semi-final is certainly one.

Danger man: Midfielder Milos Ninkovic is one of a host of players South Melbourne will be out to stop.

Danger man: Midfielder Milos Ninkovic is one of a host of players South Melbourne will be out to stop.

Taylor has been sunning it with his wife and kids in Bali for the past three weeks but will leave them behind to make a dash home for Wednesday night's clash with A-League champions Sydney FC.

And when it's over - regardless of the result - he'll head straight back to continue his holiday.

Such are the trials and tribulations of life as a semi-professional club, whose season was supposed to have ended six weeks ago.

Instead, four-time national champions South Melbourne, who beat Edgeworth 1-0 in injury time in the round of 32, are readying for their biggest moment since the demise of the National Soccer League.

The club have promised a sold-out crowd at Lakeside Stadium, with at least 8,000 fans expected to create an atmosphere that should further press their A-League expansion credentials.

Now it's up to the players to hold up their end of the bargain and find a way to nullify Sydney stars like Milos Ninkovic, Adrian Mierzejewski and Bobo.

"They're the best side in Australia at the moment and it's nice to have a go against them," said Taylor, who has left his assistants in charge of training having gone on vacation after South's 6-0 quarter-final win over Gold Coast City.

 "We understand it'll be totally different to most games we've played this year where we've had to dominate the play. 

“This time it's going to be the other way around.

“We'll set up slightly different but their threats are all over the park, so it's not as if we can target one individual. 

“We have to be very disciplined, structured and organised.”

Taylor is confident they have the character to do it, despite having played only twice - a friendly against Melbourne Victory and the FFA Cup rout on the Gold Coast - since the end of the state-league campaign.

In contrast, the Sky Blues remained in Melbourne after Saturday night's 1-0 win over Victory at Etihad Stadium and will be near full strength.