The stage is set for an electric atmosphere as Perth Glory prepares to host Western Sydney, at Dorrien Gardens in the Westfield FFA Cup quarter final clash on Tuesday night.
Glory, last year’s FFA Cup Finalists, will for the first time, showcase its new look squad featuring star signings Guyon Fernandez (Holland) and Diego Castro (Spain) in front of a capacity home crowd.
It will also be the first time new recruits Antony Golec and Ante Covic come up against their old club which has picked up former Glory players Mitch Nichols and Scott Jamieson.
“We’re looking forward to it, we’ve been working very hard this pre-season..it’s a tough competition and we want to win it” said Golec.
The 25 year old defender, who last season won an Asian Champions League medal didn’t hide his delight about taking on his old team in the quarter final at home.
“I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty excited to play against my old club. The Wanderers are a tough club to play against but if we can get past them then we definitely have one hand on the trophy” he said.
The match has been moved to the home of local NPL outfit Perth SC, after routine maintenance at nib Stadium forced the match to be scheduled elsewhere.
Head coach Kenny Lowe says Dorrien Gardens will provide a real and raw experience for the fans.
“It’s a great little tight stadium …it’s going to be a good old fashioned FFA cup tie really”.
However Lowe was quick to stress the Wanderers, we’re not a team to be taken lightly.
“It’s going to be tough with their Italian boy, their Spanish boy, (Dario) Vidosic and Jamieson, Mitch Nichols they’ll be very good….but we concentrate on ourselves and hopefully we can be really competitive and do well in the game” he said.
Lowe said it was important for the team to have a positive run in the FFA Cup given the limited amount of pre-season matches.
“You got to stay in the FFA Cup. We find it difficult over here to get friendly games because of the new rulings with regards to lighting… you can’t play any games without certain lighting and there’s only three teams in WA who have got the lighting so we need to stay in the FFA Cup to ensure that our preseason is where it’s required so it’s a big driver for us” he said.
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Kick-off is at 6.30. Gates open 5.30
HEAD TO HEAD STATS (2014/15)
- The Glory won all three games of this fixture last year.
- Perth and Victory were the only teams to clean sweep the Wanderers last season.
- All three wins were by one goal.
- The Glory’s seven goals against the Wanderers were their most against any opponent.
Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Dorrien Gardens, West Perth (WA)
Kick-off: 6:30pm local (8:30pm AEST)
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: Matthew Southern
AAR 1: Adam Fielding
AAR 2: David Bruce
Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now
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Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 4.Jacob COLLARD, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ, 21.Stefan VALENTINI, 22.Slobodan VULIN, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Gian ALBANO, 30.Jordan THURTELL (gk)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.Dimas DELGADO, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.Alberto AGUILAR, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 32.Daniel ALESSI, 33.Josh MACDONALD, 36.Liam YOULLEY