Cup hero Tyson ready for familiar surrounds

Perth Glory goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson is relishing the opportunity to face Lions FC in the Westfield FFA Cup tomorrow night.

The 25-year-old spent a year at PS4 National Premier League Queensland giants Brisbane Strikers, whose home ground Perry Park will host the Round of 16 clash against Lions FC. During his time at the club, Tyson familiarised himself with many of the coaching staff and players.

“The head coach Warren Moon was actually a team member of mine at Brisbane Strikers,” Tyson said. “Graham Ross on the coaching panel was my first professional goalkeeping coach, so I’m very familiar with the surroundings.”

“I know a few boys in the team as well and I’ve certainly done my research.

“Lions FC are a club with a lot of history, much like Perth Glory and they’ve been doing a lot of advertising on social media during the week trying to get the crowd numbers up.

“Michael Thwaite, Chris Harold and myself will also have a lot of friends and family there supporting Perth Glory too.

“We hope there’ll be a nice crowd there.”

Tyson was at his brilliant best against Newcastle Jets in the Round of 32, saving three penalties to give the boys from the West a 4-3 shootout victory following a 2-2 draw. The custodian made multiple saves throughout the game too, which he believes has him confident going into the Round of 16.

“I’ll be filled with a lot of confidence going into tomorrow night,” the ‘keeper said. “Having a track record in Brisbane, knowing a few of the players and with every game I’ve been given the opportunity to play, I’ll certainly be filled with confidence.”

“I’m sure tomorrow will be another step for me and I’m looking forward to it.”

Tyson was also full of praise for his fellow teammates, who he says have “brought a positive attitude and mentality” to the side.

“We’re looking forward for the opportunity tomorrow night to get out on the pitch and play a competitive game,” Tyson said.

“The boys have come into training with plenty of energy and passion, and have brought a really positive attitude and a great mentality.”

“We’re looking forward to coming away with 3 points for the fans and for the club.”

Perth Glory take on Lions FC tomorrow night at Perry Park in Brisbane at 5.30pm AWST (7.30pm local). Details on live streaming the game here: http://bit.ly/1IiQwDJ

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