Glory ready for battle with Warriors


Perth will again travel for the Round of 32 match-up of the FFA Cup as they take on Victorian NPL side Heidelberg United.

It was an intriguing draw at the Glory clubrooms today, as Heidelberg United were named Perth’s opponents for the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.

This is the first time the club has been drawn against a Member Federation side at this stage of the competition, with the Victorian club set to host Perth at Olympic Village.

Heidelberg currently sits second in the league after 18 matches, with South Melbourne FC narrowly ahead on goal difference.

George Katsakis’s team are in great form having won three of their previous five, including a 2-0 win over Green Gully last weekend, the side that knocked them out of the FFA Cup at the Round 6 stage in 2016.

Back in 2015 Heidelberg were on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Hyundai A-League club Melbourne City, with current Caltex Socceroo and Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy netting a rare hat-trick.

Kenny Lowe was upbeat after the live draw, with the Head Coach viewing the game as a great early opportunity for the new signings to familiarise themselves with the squad.

“It was a good result in the way we were hoping for an away trip, the new players can get away and spend a few days together,” he said.

Lowe is also relishing the challenge of a top NPL outfit in a competition that the club has historically performed well in.

“We’ve always placed a high value on the FFA Cup, purely because of where we are situated [in Australia] it’s difficult to get friendlies, so this in effect is our pre-season schedule.

“We’ve made the final twice in the last three years and we’re looking to try and do the same thing and hopefully snag the win this time,” Lowe added.

The Round of 32 clash will take place between the 25th July and 9th August with full details set to be confirmed in the coming days.