The Final’s sharp shooters


With 18 goals between them in the Cup so far, they are the four men that loom as the prospective match winners for their respective sides on Tuesday night.

Going by the prolific goal scoring form of Andy Keogh, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Sergio Cirio and Bruce Djite not only in the Cup but also in the Hyundai A-League, it is little wonder Perth Glory and Adelaide United are the two clubs vying to be crowned the inaugural winners of the Westfield FFA Cup.

All four players have been integral to their teams’ Cup success to this point and are also a considerable reason both Perth Glory and Adelaide United find themselves in the top four on the Hyundai A-League table.

For the Western Australian club, Keogh and Marinkovic have contributed ten of the Glory’s 13 goals on their run to the big one.

The two exciting new signings have each found the back of the net five times ahead of the Westfield FFA Cup Final. Keogh scored a brace in the Round of 32 triumph over the Newcastle Jets and another in the dramatic extra time Quarter Final win against Melbourne Victory, while he also added one against St Albans in the last 16.

The majority of Marinkovic’s strikes would feature on most highlight reels, two of his goals making the list of the top 10 goals of the competition leading up to the Final.

A thunderous free kick and another goal of the highest quality against St Albans was followed up by the sealer against Melbourne Victory and then another two belters in the 3-0 semi final win over Bentleigh Greens.

On the other side of the ledger, Cirio and Djite have been the chief destroyers in Adelaide United’s progression to being just one win away from the club’s first silverware since the 2006 Pre Season Cup.

One short, quick and clinical, the other physically imposing, robust and a more typical number nine target man, Cirio and Djite may be contrasting types of strikers but both have been just as effective as they are responsible for scoring all bar one of the Reds’ nine goals leading up to the Final.

Cirio seemingly has not been able to stop scoring in the Westfield FFA Cup, scoring in every one of Adelaide United’s victories. The pint sized Spaniard struck the winner against Wellington Phoenix in the Reds’ opening encounter, then again against Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC before netting a brace against the Central Coast Mariners.

Djite has also come to the fore at crucial times, his sharp finish instigating the win over the Roar while he broke the hearts of the Sky Blues with two goals in extra time to seal the result.

If the drama and prize on the line was not already enough to get excited about on Tuesday night, watching this quartet ply their trade is sure to make the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup Final a game that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

The match is officially a sell out and the only place to see all of the action is live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 505.