Lowe blow: Reds gifted home advantage in Cup final

Perth coach Kenny Lowe says Glory will go into the FFA Cup final against Adelaide United as underdogs with the game to be played at the Reds home ground, Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide, who are unbeaten in the A-League this season with three wins and two draws, downed the Glory 2-0 in October.

The Reds booked their spot in the decider with a 3-2 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday night.

Lowe told FourFourTwo it was a “fantastic” draw but Adelaide will carry the  favourites tag into the clash.

“Adelaide are on fire,” Lowe said. “It should make for an open and entertaining final.

“They are the odds on favourite. Home ground, best imports, Adelaide have also the All-Star coach. It's a massive opportunity for us to see where we are as a team.”

Perth is currently on top of the A-League with four wins and one loss.

The final will be played at Coopers Stadium on December 16 and Lowe believes home ground advantage is a big leg-up for the Reds.

“(It’s a) bit unfair on home advantage,“ Lowe added.

“Maybe they will give us more than a 24-hour turnaround this time.”

Glory midfielder Rostyn Griffiths said Perth had been handed a difficult assignment in the Cup decider.

“They’ve shown so far this season they’re a tough team to beat, and after playing them the other day we know firsthand just how hard,” Griffiths said.

“Unfortunately again for us we are going to have to travel there again, which is certainly not going to help.

“They have plenty of strengths and some great individual players but for me their greatest strength is the team’s structure and the ability to play anyone in the team and not change too much.

“Where they’re vulnerable is hard to say but teams definitely seem to get chances against them, so I guess it’s a matter of taking them when they appear.”

Perth CEO Jason Brewer said his club is excited about playing in the final.

“It will be a good final and as a club we look forward to playing in the first ever FFA Cup final,” he said.

“It had to be at one of the grounds and clearly the need to have it televised at a prime time into the eastern states had a major role in the decision (to play at Coopers Stadium).”