FFA Cup QF preview: Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers

East meets West as these new-look A-League sides fight for a spot in the semi-finals of the Westfield FFA Cup.

Westfield FFA Cup 2015 Quarter Finals – Match Day 2 Fixture


Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Dorrien Gardens, West Perth (WA)

Kick-off:  6:30pm local (8:30pm AEST)

Referee:  Stephen Lucas

Tickets:   Click here  for ticketing details

Online Broadcast:  Streamed online at  www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand  and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag  #PERvWSW

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

Semi Final Draw

The Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final draw will be conducted on the FOX SPORTS coverage on Tuesday night at the conclusion of regulation time of the two matches.


Glory just loves this competition. Wily coach Kenny Lowe knows how to get his players in the right frame of mind for Cup football and they sit just 90 minutes away from another semi-final berth. And in a rarity, they're playing at home. 

While most of the FFA Cup focus has been coming out of Victoria – and rightly so with five clubs in the last eight – Glory have been quietly going about their business.

Lowe has plenty of new faces in his squad for this season but resilience and character hasn’t been sacrificed.

They’ve had to come through a nervy penalty-shootout against Newcastle Jets in the first round before playing almost the entire match with 10-men to scrape past Lions FC. Lowe feels the type of wins typify his side’s spirit. And they’ll need that and a bit more against the Wanderers.

Like Glory, the red and black have gone through a major overhaul in the off-season with a number of new boys still bedding in to Tony Popovic’s system.

The Wanderers’ imports looked to have settled into life at Western Sydney seamlessly and the club is embracing their run through the competition this season.

More importantly, they look a fresh out, full of vim, vigour and motivation and with a lot more threat in the side, especially coming out of midfield.

It’s almost impossible to separate these sides and it would come as no surprise if this clash went beyond the 90 minutes at what will be a bumper crowd at Dorrien Gardens.


Ante Covic (Perth Glory keeper)

“It probably is a dream first up match for me, it’ll be great to go up against the Wanderers and get one up on them. It’s an important game, it’s a quarter-final and we want to progress.”

Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney Wanderers FC)

“We've got a lot of Spanish players this season and everyone will see what the boys bring to our squad. I think they will help us in a big way this season. We've got a lot of attacking-minded players, so I think going forward we will be very dangerous.”



League: Hyundai A-League

Current ladder position: Last season, finished seventh in the Hyundai A-League.

Latest result:  1-0 win over Lions FC in FFA Cup Round of 16

Who to watch out for: Nebojsa Marinkovic


League: Hyundai A-League

Current ladder position: Finished ninth in the Hyundai A-League last season

Latest result: Beat APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2-1 in a friendly

Who to watch out for: Federico Piovaccari

Semi Final Draw

The Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final draw will be conducted on the FOX SPORTS coverage on Tuesday night at the conclusion of regulation time of the two matches.

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