The stage has been set for one of the toughest match-ups in Australian football.
Perth Glory FC will host Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium at 7pm on October 29, for a mesmerising quarter-final clash in the Westfield FFA Cup.
Standing in the way of a semi-final berth for Perth Glory FC, is Victory’s enigmatic Albanian striker, Besart Berisha, who has already scored four FFA Cup goals.
The prolific striker is no stranger to breaking the hearts of Perth Glory FC fans.
In the 20011/12 Hyundai A-League grand final, Berisha scored a goal after being awarded a controversial penalty in the dying minutes of the game, sealing the championship for Brisbane Roar.
Perth Glory FC defender Josh Risdon played in that game and says it remains as a massive sore point for the club.
“It was devastating, we worked hard all year to make it to that final and to lose it in the last five minutes was heartbreaking” Risdon said.
The 22-year old Bunbury born defender admits playing against Berisha is always a tough contest.
“We got that rivalry from Brisbane playing against him and he’s always a good test and a fierce competitor, and getting a win over Victory at this FFA cup match will be like a win over Berisha”.
Perth Glory FC advanced to the final eight of the inaugural cup competition, after a comprehensive 4-1 win, over Victorian second division side St Albans Saints, in Melbourne.
Two stunning goals, including a cracking free kick by Nebo Marinkovic, coupled with a goal each by strikers Andy Keogh and Jamie Maclaren, helped Glory cruise to victory.
Perth Glory FC is the only WA team remaining in the competition, after Stirling Lions and Bayswater City bowed out, after the first round.
Limited tickets go on sale soon with members given priority, details to come later this week.