Dorrien Gardens to host FFA Cup showdown


The date and time has been set for an exhilarating quarter final FFA Cup clash, between Perth Glory FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Both teams will lock horns at Dorrien Gardens, (the home of respected WA NPL outfit Perth SC) later this month, on Tuesday, September 29.

The venue has become the best option available to host the match, after nib Stadium was ruled out due to resurfacing works.

Venues West Chief Executive David Etherton said the turf works were unavoidable and necessary to maintain the stadium’s pristine condition.

“nib Stadium is not available for the FFA Cup Perth Glory v Wanderers quarter final due to required maintenance on the turf. We hope Perth Glory continues its great FFA Cup form and look forward to welcoming them back to nib Stadium once the works are complete.”

Glory advanced to the final eight of the tournament, after tough wins away from home, over Newcastle Jets (4-3 penalties) and Brisbane team Lions FC (1-0 ET).

Last year Glory won its quarter-final cup clash at home, in dramatic fashion, defeating Hyundai A-League champions Melbourne Victory 4-2 in extra time.

Glory head coach Kenny Lowe is glad the team will be supported for this exciting encounter by Perth fans and members, on home soil once again.

“There’s no doubt the home crowd will play a big role and we’ll be thriving in what I’m sure will be a packed stadium and an electric atmosphere. It’s going to be a great battle and I think it’s going to be a great Cup clash in what you might say a traditional environment”.

Lowe said he was also pleased with the lead in time for the match, to allow his new recruits such as Dutch striker Guyon Fernandez and Spanish winger Diego Castro, to settle in and look to play some valuable minutes.

Former Wanderers ‘keeper Ante Covic is likely to don the gloves for the first time, after fellow custodian Jerrad Tyson received a red card and was sent off in the last match against the Lions.

“We’ll be looking to field our best 11. The (Westfield FFA) Cup competition is a great opportunity to extend our pre-season run and obviously we’ll be playing to win it and push on to see how far we can go” Lowe said.

It will also be the first time former Wanderer and now Glory recruit Antony Golec face their former club, while defender Scott Jamieson is likely to line up for the Wanderers after leaving Glory in the off-season.

Golec said he can’t wait until he runs out onto the field.

“I’m pumped to be honest. When I was watching the draw earlier his week I was hoping we’d get the Wanderers. They are my old club and for me there’s no bigger incentive to be playing against my former team mates. I’m looking forward to it, and I think playing the match at a grassroots venue is going to set the scene for a brilliant and exciting night.” he said.

Glory fans and members are urged to wear their purple on the night and support WA’s only remaining team to advance to the final four.

Members who renewed within the same seat guarantee deadline will get free access to the match.

Further details on ticketing and purchase information will be announced in the coming days.

Check perthglory.com.au for details

The match will kick-off at 6.30pm and will be streamed live on www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now.