Perth Glory FC is calling on all fans to wear purple, show their support in numbers and give the Westfield FFA Cup finalists a big send-off, before they head off to Adelaide, at Friday night’s game against the Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium.
Perth returns to Glory Land after a tough road trip against Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC, which resulted in four hard earned points from a possible six.
It’s been a week of highs for the Glory. Josh Risdon, Daniel De Silva and Mitch Nichols were selected in Ange Postecoglou’s 46-man Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup. And there’s also been the Westfield FFA Cup Roadshow where the trophy has been paraded across the city.
This Friday, Perth Glory FC has the chance to break another record. A win will mean 7 consecutive Hyundai A-League home wins and a victory will also ensure a spot at the top of the Hyundai A-League for another week.
The Jets are second last on the table and head west for the second time in two months. Last time they came to Perth they lost 2-1 thanks to a sizzling 120 second brace by super-sub Jamie Maclaren. In fact Perth boasts a strong record against the Jets, who have failed to beat Glory in their last nine meetings. The last time Perth fell at the hands of the Jets was back in 2005.
But Perth coach Kenny Lowe says the Jets are no easy beats.
“They haven’t struggled they’ve played some excellent football they were really dangerous and got done within seven minutes of madness (in round 4) and before that they were really good value there’s no easy games“ he said.
Glory have been clinical up front this season, largely thanks to star striker, Andy Keogh, who has had more shots on goal (22) this season than any other player in the A-League and will be a key focal point for the Jets.
Lowe says his players are hungry and confident but competition for spots is heating up, on the eve of round 10.
“They seem ok they’re chirpy they’re not moaning as much as they normally moan" he joked.
"We said to the lads if you got the shirt you keep the shirt but you don’t perform someone will take it off you, it’s a two way street there’s a lot of honesty, but it’s good"he said.
The team will be playing without Perth’s Dutch-Ethiopian winger Youssouf Hersi, who underwent surgery this week and will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar.
Friday night's game will also lay the backdrop for a big send-off for the team before it flies out to South Australia to battle against Adelaide United for the Westfield FFA Cup final next Tuesday.
Tickets to Friday night’s clash are still available here
Give the boys the send-off they deserve.
Hyundai A-League Fact #1
No team has had fewer shots (60) or shots on target (25) this season than Newcastle.
Hyundai A-League Fact #2
Gutsy Glory have won 3 out of 4 games when conceding the matches first goal.
Hyundai A-League Fact #3
The most common score line between the two sides is a 2-1 Glory win.
Hyundai A-League Fact #4
Glory is aiming for its eighth win of the season.