Perth lights the way for FFA Cup glory

If Perth Glory needed reminding of their recent purple patch then a quick peek up at the skyline on Tuesday night should have done the trick.

The city showed its support for the home team ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final clash against Melbourne Victory with the iconic Council House lit up in the club’s colour.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi wished coach Kenny Lowe’s men well in the west v east showdown.

“The bright lights of Council House will leave no doubt as to which soccer team we support,” Ms Scaffidi said.

Glory goalkeeper, Danny Vukovic,  said he was relishing the opportunity to make history as the inaugural FFA Cup champions.

“It’s the first real silverware up for grabs this season and we’d love nothing more than to win it,” Vukovic said.

“We’ve had a good run so far and we certainly want to extend it tomorrow night.”

Until Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Adelaide United, the Perth outfit was sitting top of the A-League ladder, winning the first two matches of their 2014/15 campaign.

But Vukovic said the team had already put the loss behind them and were focused on winning the Victory game despite the short turnaround.

“We don’t dwell on anything in this league, we’ve got a game tomorrow night, which is great,” the 29-year-old custodian said.

“We can easily forget about Sunday’s game and concentrate on this game tomorrow.”

Vukovic added: “Everyone wants to play, regardless of whether they’re old or young or whether their bodies are sore at the moment.”

In terms of pride, the stakes could not be higher.  Since Sunday’s loss, Victory has replaced Perth as the league leaders.

And Glory’s last A-League finals appearance was a heartbreaking 2-1 loss after extra-time to Melbourne Victory back in season 2012/13.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the match will be the battle of the strikers with Perth’s Andy Keogh and Victory’s Besart Berisha going toe to toe.

Both have scored four goals in the opening three games of the A-League season – each with a hat trick - and are sitting on three goals apiece in the FFA Cup.

Kick-off:  7pm local (10:00pm AEDT) at nib Stadium on Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Meachem