Glory won't underestimate Bentleigh

Perth Glory are happy to have drawn Bentleigh Greens in the FFA Cup semi-finals but won’t be underestimating the Victorian side.

Glory will play Bentleigh in Melbourne while Adelaide United will host Central Coast Mariners in the other semi-final.

Perth booked their spot in the next round after defeating Melbourne Victory in the quarter-finals, St Albans Saints in the Round of 16 and Newcastle Jets in the Round of 32.

Glory CEO Jason Brewer told FourFourTwo he was “very happy” to be drawn with Bentleigh.

“A great competition that has certainly caught the imagination of the fans,” he said.

“No easy semi-final and will be a fantastic night.”

Glory head coach Kenny Lowe is expecting a difficult encounter with the Victorian outfit.

“If you can make it to the semi-finals of a cup you’re obviously doing something right,” he said.

“They will be at home and are flying the flag for Victoria as we are for WA, so it will be a difficult match, there is no such thing as an easy game.”

Bentleigh has reached the semis after beating Blacktown City 1-0, then Sydney Olmypic 2-1 and Adelaide City 2-1.

The Greens finished in fourth place in the Victorian NPL this year but will be heavy underdogs against Glory.

Perth midfielder Rostyn Griffiths said his team won’t be underestimating Bentleigh.

“There’s always a danger of underestimating teams but that’s something we’ve worked on this season, our mental mindsets not to have that sort of complacency,” he said.

“We respect the fact they’ve made it so far in the competition but that’s as far as respect goes. We will be the toughest test they’ve had.

Griffiths admits he knows little about the Greens and was glad to avoid a match-up with Adelaide United.

“I’m very happy with the draw, I think the main thing was to avoid Adelaide and a trip to Melbourne is always enjoyable,” he said.

“After how Adelaide have started you’ve got to have them as a favourite [to win the Cup], especially after getting a home draw as well.

“I’ve only seen Bentleigh’s highlights of their games so far and they’ve scored some nice goals. As for their players I don’t know much about them but I’m sure our Melbourne boys will know them well.

“It’s tough though at this stage of the competition playing against a State League team who will be up for it big-time and have proven to be a decent side so far in this Cup. In a one-off game who knows what can happen.”