Lowe not carried away by De Silva's 'fairytale job'

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has labelled Daniel De Silva’s extra-time match winner in Wednesday’s 4-2 FFA Cup triumph over Melbourne Victory a “fairytale”.

The highly-rated 17-year-old came on in the 80th minute before putting his side 3-2 ahead in extra-time with a strike that the gaffer said “he finished well”.

Since becoming the second youngest A-League player in history after making his debut as a 15-year-old in March 2013, De Silva has always been known as a huge future prospect.

The Perth-born talent has regularly represented Australia at under-age level and landed a dream AU$2.5 million move to Italian giants AS Roma in March, before being loaned back to Glory.

Despite all the plaudits, Wednesday’s goal was only his first for Glory, but one which meant a lot to the club, as it booked its place in the FFA Cup semi-finals.

“Danny’s come on and it’s a fairytale job,” Lowe said. “He’s come on and affected the game.”

De Silva hadn’t played for Glory since April, having missed large parts of pre-season away on Young Socceroos duty.

The prospect of a firing De Silva is one which will excite Glory fans, but Lowe appeared eager to play it down.

“He hasn’t been around so much, I forgot what he looked like, he’s been away with international duty that much,” Lowe said.

“I think he’s grown about two inches. It’s good for him. It’s good for the club.”

Lowe refused to get carried away with De Silva’s impact off the bench, having entered the fray on 80 minutes.

The teenager produced a few moments of skill, in particular a nutmeg which opened up a chance for him to make it 4-2.

The Glory boss said he hadn’t pondered De Silva’s immediate future in the line-up, having previously been largely used off the bench.

“He’s still young, he’s got to be protected,” Lowe said.

“But if he does that every week, he’ll probably play 90 minutes.

“If he’d been around a bit more, instead of being on international duty, he probably would’ve got more of a sniff.”

Lowe was more forthright in his praise of Irishman Andy Keogh who scored two goals and set up another two.

The former Wolverhampton hitman has now scored nine goals in six competitive games for Glory and appears a major coup for the club.

“We are looking for blue-collar players with character, but who are good footballers, who are going to affect the team and add value,” Lowe said.

“We signed Andy Keogh because he ticked all the boxes that we want. He’s surpassing all the things we envisaged we were going to get.”

Meanwhile, Glory were the final side to book their place in the FFA Cup final four, alongside Bentleigh Greens, Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners.

Surprisingly, after losing 2-0 to Adelaide on Sunday, Lowe nominated the Reds as the team he’d like to face next.

“It’s always a good game against Adelaide,” Lowe explained. “They are a good team. It’d be a good cup game against Adelaide.

“It doesn’t matter where. You’re in the cup, you get who you get, if you can beat them there, who’s left. They play super football.”