Glory striker Jamie Maclaren in a race for the ball with Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre (Photo by Richard Kreider)

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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Join studio hosts Jason Washington-King and Don Evans at 10am this Saturday on 107.9FM for two huge hours on the World Football Programme this Saturday morning. The show will first focus on the W-league with Heather Reid, followed by the Football West awards and Glory Women with with Monica Beazley. In the second hour discussion shifts to the A-league with Teo Pellizzeri, followed by an interview with Football West director Sherif Andrawes who will talk about the FFA ‘town hall’ meeting.

31.10.2014

DE SILVA DELIVERS THE GOODS

Perth Glory young gun Daniel De Silva is seemingly destined for much bigger moments on the international stage, but he won't forget his FFA Cup debut in a hurry. The 17-year-old prodigy, who is bound for Italy's Serie A, had been on the pitch for less than 30 minutes in the quarter-final against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night when he changed the course of the match by firing the West Australia side into the lead.

The calm and well-placed low shot earned De Silva the match ball, complete with the signatures of all his teammates. "I was just happy that I scored," he said. "I saw it hit the back of the net and it was just an overwhelming feeling. I saw my teammates running towards me and it's good to share it with your team. It was good that my family was here to see my first goal as well."

De Silva will join Italian powerhouses AS Roma next year in a deal that could end up being worth up to $2.5 million to Glory. But the former Stirling Lions junior, who has spent plenty of time away with the Young Socceroos this year, is eager to prove himself at home before heading abroad. "It was my first minutes for the season for Glory and it was really good," De Silva said. "I scored and that was a good feeling and hopefully there's more minutes to come."

Coach Kenny Lowe has taken a cautious approach with De Silva since taking the reins late last year. "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. Dan's come on and it's a fairytale job. He came on and affected the game. It's good for him, good for the club and good for the team that it shows that he can cope and we have options."

De Silva has worked hard to improve his physical attributes in a bid to compete with bigger opponents while he is still developing. "It's a bit different from the physicality side of it because you're playing against big boys and men, but I'm a little bit used to it now," De Silva said. "I'm starting to try and get myself stronger and I think it's working." De Silva's mid-week heroics will give his coach food for thought leading into Saturday's home A-League date with Newcastle Jets.

30.10.2014

GIVE A-LEAGUE REFS FULL-TIME JOBS: LOWE

Kenny Lowe has called on the A-League to provide referees with full-time positions in a bid to reduce costly blunders. Perth Glory were on the right side of the whistle during Wednesday's 4-2 FFA Cup win over Melbourne Victory, who conceded a soft first half penalty and had two men sent off in extra-time. Although there were no refereeing howlers by Alan Milliner on the night, Ben Williams hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when he issued a dubious red card to Sydney FC centre-back Nikola Petkovic in an FFA Cup fixture.

Lowe feels referees need more of a helping hand from the A-League in order to fulfil their potential. "I think they need to make the refs full time," Lowe said. "Those guys have got a tough job. They work 45 hours a week in their normal job, and they probably do 45 hours a week in this. They're getting beat up a bit because they've got certain conditions at work that maybe doesn't suit the work they do. I've only got sympathy for the guys. I don't think it's fair on them. They love the game and are passionate about the game, just like we are as coaches and players."

30.10.2014

GLORY AIM FOR BIG SCALP IN FFA CUP

Perth Glory have set their sights on knocking Adelaide United off their perch as the race to win the inaugural FFA Cup heats up. Kenny Lowe’s team advanced to the final four of the FFA Cup with a dramatic 4-2 extra-time win over nine-man Victory in Perth last night. The semi-final draw will be conducted on Friday night, with Glory, Adelaide United, Central Coast and Bentleigh Greens the remaining clubs. Semi-professional Victorian club Bentleigh shapes as the easiest opponent for the other three A-League teams.

But Glory coach Kenny Lowe - a big fan of beautiful football - said he would love to take on Adelaide in the semi-finals. Glory know all too well about Adelaide's class after losing to them 2-0 last weekend. "They're a good team. They play super football. It would be a good Cup game against Adelaide," Lowe said. "We treat (the competition) very seriously. We want to win it. We've said that from day one. It's the first one. To get that honour would be very, very special."

Irish striker Andy Keogh continued his hot form against Melbourne, scoring twice to take his tally to nine goals across six league and cup games. "Andy's got to stop doing that … just calm down a little bit, maybe just get one a game instead of two or three," Lowe joked. "We are looking for blue-collar players with character, but who are good footballers, who are going to affect the team and add value. 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.”

29.10.2014

GLORY INTO FFA CUP SEMI-FINAL

Perth Glory moved into the Semi-Final of the Westfield FFA Cup, after a hard fought, extra time 4-2 win against Melbourne Victory at the nib Stadium on Wednesday evening. Victory hit the front early through Fahid Ben Khalfallah, but Andy Keogh levelled from the spot on the quarter hour. It looked like Keogh had won it for the Glory, when he headed home nine minutes from time, but Gui Finkler levelled with a stunning free kick in stoppage time. But extra time goals from De Silva, his first senior goal for the club, and Nebojsa Marinkovic won it for Kenny Lowe’s side. “It’s my first goal in a proper game for Glory so it’s a great feeling to get the goal which puts us in the (semi-finals),” De Silva said.

“Hopefully that’s just the start and I get a few more minutes. I showed what I can do today and hopefully the coach was impressed and I can get a few more minutes for the rest of the season.” The result wasn’t the only problem for the visitors, Archie Thompson felt ill during the warm up and didn’t take part, while star striker Besart Berisha limped off just before half time, and they also had skipper Adrian Leijer and Daniel Geogievski sent off in extra time. It was a perfect start for Kevin Muscat’s side, and they were ahead after only seven minutes. Jesse Makarounas picked Ben Khalfallah, and the Turkish striker smashed home from 25-yards, giving Danny Vukovic no chance.

The Glory equalised seven minutes later, when referee Alan Milliner spotted a tug by Leigh Broxham on Youssouf Hersi. It looked a little harsh, but Keogh sent Nathan Coe the wrong way from the spot to level. Both sides had chances before the break, Berisha played in Kosta Barbarouses, but the New Zealand internationals shot was deflected wide. Moments later Jamie Maclaren sent Hersi racing down the left, his low cross was well claimed by Coe, with Keogh ready to pounce at the back post.

It was an even second half, but it was the Glory who took the lead on 81 minutes. Scott Jamieson’s in-swinging corner picked out the unmarked Keogh, who headed home at the back post. It looked like the winner but in the first minute of stoppage time the Victory won a free kick 20-yard’s from goal. Finkler stepped up and curled the ball superbly into the corner of the net to send the tie to extra time.

Hersi’s long-range shot crashed off the bar five minutes into the first period of extra time, and then the Victory were reduced to ten men when Georgievski was given a second yellow card for a tackle on Jamieson, and the Glory made their numerical advantage count in the 102nd minute. Keogh was the provider this time picking out de Silva on a quick counter attack, and 17-year-old midfielder drifted past his marker, before finishing clinically low past Coe. The tie was wrapped eight minutes later, and Keogh was a gain at the heart of the move. He was sent down the right by De Silva, the Victory defence looking for the offside flag that never came, before cutting the ball back to Marinkovic who finished low past Coe. The Victory was then reduced to nine men when Leijer was given a second yellow card for dissent.

29.10.2014

GLORY DEFENCE BRACED FOR VICTORY

Perth Glory are eyeing their first silverware in a decade and won't be holding anything back in tonight's FFA Cup quarter-final clash with Melbourne Victory at Perth Oval. Despite the club's hectic schedule of three games in seven days, coach Kenny Lowe vowed to pick his best available side. He named a strong extended squad yesterday, with young gun Daniel De Silva and Matt Davies added to the team which was beaten in Adelaide on Sunday. Team captain Michael Thwaite was also included despite battling soreness and did very little at yesterday's light training session.

Glory are yet to win a major honour since claiming the final National Soccer League championship in 2004 and are eager to advance in the FFA Cup, seeing the fledgling knockout competition as a chance to give their long-suffering fans something to cheer about. "It means a lot," goalkeeper Danny Vukovic said. "It's the first year of the competition and it would be great history to make, to win it the first time. We've had a good run so far and we certainly want to extend that. It's the first real silverware up for grabs this season and we would love nothing more than to win it."

Albanian marksman Besart Berisha leads a star-studded Melbourne attack, which includes Archie Thompson, Kosta Barbarouses, Gui Finkler and Carl Valeri. "They've been the standout attacking team," Vukovic said. "Everyone in that starting eleven is a great player and certainly in their front third they've got attacking prowess that I'm sure every other team envies. (Their pace) is a huge strength for them, but I'm very confident in the boys in front of me - the defenders and the team as a whole - to nullify their attacking abilities. We'll have to be at our best but I'm confident we can do it."

28.10.2014

DAL BUSCO IN YOUNG MATILDAS

She might have to bide her time at club level but Perth Glory Women goalkeeper Gabrielle Dal Busco has rocketed into international selection with the Young Matildas. Dal Busco, 17, attended a national team training camp in Canberra last week where her impressive performances was rewarded with a place in Australia’s squad for the Under-19 Asian Football Confederation qualifying tournament. “I’d been to an Australian training camp a few years ago, but I’ve never made it into the squad before,” Dal Busco said. “As you can imagine, I’m overwhelmed and excited and feeling very proud to be representing Australia.”

26.10.2014

ADELAIDE HALT GLORY’S RUN

Spanish attacker Sergio Cirio scored again as Adelaide United burst Perth Glory's bubble with a 2-0 win in Sunday's A-League fixture. Substitute Awer Mabil also goaled to ensure Adelaide join Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC as the competition's unbeaten clubs after three games. "They are a difficult side to play against, they're a good side," said Glory coach Kenny Lowe in conceding his players were outclassed by the Reds. "At times you have got to take you hat off to people. They have got a bit of quality and some very good players."

Adelaide hit the front after 18 minutes when Marcelo Carrusca stole possession from Scott Jamieson and slid a delightful 20-metre through-ball to Cirio, who didn't break stride in slotting first-time past Danny Vukovic. The away side tried to peg one back but an unmarked Andy Keogh’s shot from a Josh Risdon was wide. And just before the break Dino Djulbic's header from Scott Jamieson's centre was blocked by the Adelaide defence.

A sloppy second half had Glory desperate to equalise, and Adelaide quick to push forward in an effort to kill off the game. The result was secured in the 68th minute, Craig Goodwin laying the ball off for Mabil to drive inside the 18-yard before cleverly striking inside the near post. Mabil should have added another late on when Cirio’s square pass found the substitute in space but he inexplicably ballooned over the crossbar from all of a metre. The loss slips Glory down to fifth on the A-league ladder.

25.10.2014

GLORY WOMEN STAY TOP DESPITE UPSET

Perth Glory Women remain clear at the top of the W-League despite their first loss of the season. Kristy Moore’s goal on the hour gave Adelaide United a 1-0 win today at Adelaide Shores Football Centre. Coach Jamie Harnwell was disappointed with the performance but conceded his side had created few chances despite enjoying plenty of possession. “We didn’t play well and it’s always disappointing to lose a game like that,” he said. “But it’s a wake-up call and we’ve got to respond against Melbourne Victory next week.”

The visitors were missing influential midfielder Collette McCallum, who was rested by Harnwell, and injured star striker Samantha Kerr, who continues to recover from a hamstring strain. Harnwell had anticipated a tough match against the Lady Reds after Glory had scored a hard-fought 3-1 home win over Ross Aloisi’s side last month. And so it was with captain Moore making the vital contribution after latching on to a ball over the top and slotting in with 60 minutes on the clock to breathe new life into Adelaide’s season. Glory are five points clear of second-placed Sydney, who take on Western Sydney tomorrow.

24.10.2014

GLORY AND THE REDS SET FOR A THRILLING DESERT DERBY

A-League pacesetters Perth Glory will cross the Nullarbor as the team to beat this weekend, when Kenny Lowe marshals his troops to take on Adelaide United on Sunday. Glory will be looking to maintain its perfect record against the fourth-placed Reds, who are on a high after beating Sydney FC 3-1 in the mid-week FFA Cup quarter-finals. The South Australians were also unlucky not to defeat Melbourne Victory last weekend, Fahid Ben Khalfallah scoring late to cancel out Sergio Cirio’s impressive effort four minutes earlier.

Glory boss Kenny Lowe is wary of the threat Adelaide pose to the Glory’s top-of-the-table position. “They play quality football coming out the back, they’re dangerous upfront, they’ve got some very good midfield players,” Lowe said. “You’ve seen them play well against big teams already; they’ve played Sydney, they’ve played Brisbane and top teams, so they’ll do very well. They play a fantastic brand of football … they’ve got five European players that are top notch, and they are a super side. They’ll be up there.”

Glory has not beaten Adelaide since March 2012 and the task ahead has been made all the more difficult by injury to defender Josh Risdon. “We have the same squad more or less; Rizzo’s got a tweak which he’ll be out for a week maybe,” Lowe said. “He’s tweaked his ankle. I think when he came down on Sunday, he stood on (Luke) Brattan’s foot and just got imbalanced and just rolled over on it. Hopefully it’s not too bad.” A win for Glory will keep them on top of the ladder and, dependent upon other results, may increase their buffer to four points.

24.10.2014

GLORY WOMEN READY FOR ADELAIDE CHALLENGE

Coach Jamie Harnwell is confident Perth Glory Women can continue their record start to the W-League season against Adelaide United tomorrow despite the absence of two star players. Matildas duo Samantha Kerr and Collette McCallum will miss the game in Adelaide, which marks the 50th W-league appearances of star striker Kate Gill. Kerr, who was ruled out before last weekend’s game against former club Sydney FC, continues to recover from her hamstring injury and McCallum, who had a knee injury last season, has been rested.

Despite these absences, Harnwell is confident Glory have the depth to cover. “It’s obviously disappointing to be missing players like Sam and Collette, but we showed last week that we can cover the loss of any player,” he said. “Gabe Marzano stepped in last week and did very well, and we will be looking for a similar performance from whoever replaces Collette this weekend. We’re hopeful of Sam being fit for next week’s game (away to Melbourne Victory). For Collette, it’s just a case of managing her through the season.”

Adelaide are on a high after downing Canberra United last weekend and will be aiming for another three points against a Glory side which has won six in a row. “Adelaide are going to be chock full of confidence,” Harnwell said. “They made it difficult for us here and we had to be very professional to grind out the win. Going to their home ground I expect them to try and press us and make a statement of intent early, but if we continue to play as we have been we are confident we can come away with the result.”

23.10.2014

PERCY DOYLE RESERVE FLAGGED AS NEW HOME OF GLORY

Perth Glory have moved a step closer towards establishing a new high performance training and administration base after entering into formal discussions with the City of Joondalup. Glory's A-League, National Youth League, W-League and National Premier League teams are all currently housed at separate locations around the metropolitan area, but the club is keen to bring them all together. Perth Glory and the City of Joondalup will now develop a Memorandum Of Understanding to explore the potential for Percy Doyle Reserve to become the club's future base.

Glory's facilities would be part of a redeveloped north-east corner of the venue, separate to those of NPL club Sorrento. Jason Brewer, Glory’s chief executive, said an elite training and administration base would allow the club to better serve Western Australia's elite and junior footballers. "The MOU would allow us to develop Percy Doyle Reserve into Western Australia's most advanced and progressive elite football training base for the club and for the broader football community," Brewer said.

Glory and Football West have long campaigned for government funding to build soccer-specific facilities, highlighting public money spent on other sports such as basketball, rugby union and netball. In May, Football West appointed consultancy firm Davis Langdon Australia to prepare a business case for its "Home of Football", separate to Glory's plans. Brewer said the City of Joondalup had earmarked funding for the overall redevelopment of Percy Doyle Reserve and Glory would look to generate its share through the private sector.

22.10.2014

GLORY INJURIES BEGIN TO MOUNT

Perth Glory will enter their busiest week of the new season to date with at least four players unlikely to feature due to injury. Josh Risdon (ankle) and Chris Harold (quad) have been added to an injury list that already comprises Sidnei Sciola (calf) and Ruben Zadkovich (back). Glory are the only team left boasting a 100% win record after trumping Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar in the opening rounds of the new A-League season.

Glory visits Adelaide United on Sunday before an FFA Cup quarter-final clash with Melbourne Victory and an A-League home clash with Newcastle Jets next week. Coach Kenny Lowe said he would have to manage the squad’s workload at training and would assess where several players were at after the Adelaide match. He was confident his injured quartet would be back in action early next month. “Those guys are just a week or two. I think everyone’s very close, but we just don’t want to risk anyone,” Lowe said. “We don’t want to rush anybody back.”

Adelaide have had to juggle their own busy schedule after being forced into extra time in a 3-1 FFA Cup win away to Sydney FC this week. Lowe felt the five-day break would be enough for Adelaide to recover for the Glory clash. “They’ll still be up. I think they’ve got a decent enough break between the games,” Lowe said. “They’ve got five European lads in there and they’re used to playing that, so it’ll be nothing for them. It won’t affect them whatsoever.”

22.10.2014

HESKETH TAKES THE HELM AT MANDURAH

Mandurah City have appointed former Premier League coach Doug Hesketh to lead its 2015 push for National Premier Leagues status. Hesketh transformed former club Stirling over a seven-year period, culminating in several under-18 championships and a senior minor premiership in 2013, before taking a break from the game last season. Hesketh has been teamed with former Armadale and Rockingham City coach Steve Robinson for next season, the pair replacing Billy Russell and Tom Kilkelly.

Hesketh is looking forward to taking the helm of Mandurah. “I was very impressed with what Mandurah had to say and their plans for a strong junior program will benefit football in the region,” Hesketh said. “We will be looking to add some quality to the current senior squad, bring on the youth players and have a crack at the State League title next season.”

Mandurah president Peter Rowe feels the appointment of Hesketh is a massive step towards the NPL for his club. “It is essential Mandurah and the Peel region has an NPL set-up so our youngsters have the right pathways to achieve their goals,” club president Pete Rowe said. “Doug has been there and done just that with Stirling so when we started to look for a Head of Football that met all the coaching criteria he was the perfect fit.”

The clubs playing stocks have also been strengthened with former captain Andy Brown signing on for the 2015 season. “It’s like the return of the prodigal son,” Rowe said. “Andy will be a massive boost and leader on the field in 2015.” Brown played under Hesketh at Stirling and was that club’s captain when they won then minor premiership. “We have a long-term plan to get this club back into elite football in WA, but short-term what we can promise is some exciting football – that is what the fans want to see.”

21.10.2014

GRIFFITHS HAILS RED-HOT KEOGH

Midfielder Rostyn Griffiths has hailed the impact of striker Andy Keogh, saying the Irish import’s intensity has lifted Perth Glory. Keogh played across the top three divisions in England and has 30 international caps for the Republic of Ireland to his name. After a prolific pre-season, the 28-year old marksman has netted four goals in his first two A-League games, including a hat-trick in the weekend win over defending champions Brisbane Roar.

Griffiths told fourfourtwo.com/au that Keogh, who joined the club from Millwall in the off-season, has inspired his teammates. “He’s been on fire and it’s exactly what we needed in this team - someone who’s going to put the ball in the back of the net,” the defensive midfielder said. “It sounds simple but it’s obviously so crucial. He’s sharp around the box but, for me, the thing I’ve been most impressed with is that he lifts his intensity of the game and brings people along with him.”

Griffiths believes Brisbane, which has lost both of their opening two matches, will bounce back. “We are absolutely buzzing after coming twice from behind to beat the reigning champions,” he said. “That’s what they’ve been doing to teams for the last few seasons so it’s a good feeling, especially because the whole team worked hard for it. They’re still a top class team and will be right at the top end of the table come the end of the season.”

Glory’s next test is an unbeaten Adelaide United and Griffiths says Glory are keeping a lid on expectations following their winning start to the A-League campaign. “We aren’t getting carried away just yet,” he commented. “The positive thing for us is we’re still not at 100% so we’ve still got more to give and can really only get better. Adelaide will be another tough test for us, they’re looking really good, especially at home. But then again there’s no easy games in this league so we will prepare how we have for every game and worry more about ourselves than the opposition.”




Articles compiled by Brett Klucznik, Paul Oliver and Peter Simcox unless otherwise stated.

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