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Glory make pitch for FFA Cup Final

  • Glory make pitch for FFA Cup Final

Perth are talking up their right to host the FFA Cup final but goalkeeper Ante Covic says the players are focused on actually qualifying for it.

Glory are the only non-Victorian side left in the knockout competition, playing Melbourne City in their semi-final on Wednesday night, before Melbourne Victory and grassroots club Hume City do battle a week later.

While Glory-City is a 50-50 match, Victory are red-hot favourites to make the final and, given their league-best support, are perhaps best placed to attract the most support to the showpiece match.

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But the West Australian club argue in the interests of fairness and equalisation, the final should be hosted in Perth.

Having qualified for the inaugural final last year, lost 1-0 to Adelaide in the South Australian capital, Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos believes its the Perth club's turn.

"It would be an indictment on the governing body not to host the final in Perth, should Glory qualify for back-to-back cup finals," he said on Tuesday.

"It would be an enormous opportunity for the club to re-engage with its fans and members and help generate wider support for the game in the west.

"We believe there would be a strong crowd in attendance for an FFA Cup final in Perth ... the passion and support for football was evident at the recent Socceroos match against Bangladesh at nib Stadium."

In bad news for the Glory, but good news for fans, Football Federation Australia (FFA) won't listen to the sporting arguments and will make a call based on the numbers.

"The venue for the Westfield FFA Cup final will be selected with the key objective of allowing as many Australian sports fans as possible to attend the final or watch the match on Fox Sports," a FFA statement read.

"Once the finalists are confirmed, FFA will consider a range of factors before deciding the venue for what has already become a landmark event on the Australian sporting calendar."

Covic said while plenty of others were lobbying and arguing about the finals, he was making sure Glory had a final to play in.

"After last year, having to go to Adelaide, I think we deserve a bit of credit and have the public here enjoy a spectacle like the final," he said.

"I've played in a few cup finals and they are special ... it would be a huge boost for the playing group and the fans."

"There's no point talking about it if we don't get the job done."

ROAD TO THE SEMI-FINAL:

Perth:

* R32: Newcastle 2-2 Perth (Glory win 4-3 on penalties)

* R16: Queensland Lions 0-1 Perth (after extra time)

* QF: Perth 1-1 Western Sydney (Glory win 4-2 on penalties)

Melbourne City:

* R32: Edgeworth FC 1-2 Melbourne City

* R16: City 5-1 Wellington

* QF: Heidelberg United 0-5 City

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