Glory count the cost after Cup win

Perth Glory’s Westfield FFA Cup semi-final win over Bentleigh Greens may have come at a cost, with coach Kenny Lowe claiming as many as four players picked up injuries which could rule them out of Saturday’s Hyundai A-League game against Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Glory defeated the PS4 NPL Victoria side 3-0 away from home on Tuesday, just two days after beating Central Coast 1-0 in the Hyundai A-League, also on the road.

Result: Bentleigh Greens 0-3 Perth Glory

They will fly home to Western Australia to prepare for the visit of the Wanderers with a spot in the inaugural final secured, but their coach was less than thrilled with the limited rest they were afforded between matches.

“They’re in bits in there,” Lowe said, referring to his players.

“The 48-hour turnaround wasn’t a good thing for us.

“We’ve got four players that are in bits, who probably won’t play at the weekend. We’ve got four lads away with the national team, we’ve got another four lads that are injured.

“I think FFA probably need to have a little bit of a look at the way they structured it. 

“I know it’s hard for them at times, probably there needs to be a little bit more common sense in that field. 

“We’ve got through without any major injuries, but we’ve got people maybe who won’t play Saturday,” he added, although the Perth boss refused a request to name the injured quartet. 

Selection concerns aside, Lowe acknowledged their run in the competition could well help to restore the Glory to their former status as one of Australian football’s powerhouse clubs, with a final against Adelaide United or Central Coast Mariners to come next month.

“We’ve got a lot of fans that have drifted away from the club over the years,” he said.

“If we can bring some element of success, whether that be winning the cup or getting to finals or whatever, that creates an ambience within your club, hopefully more people want to come back, you get bigger crowds. 

“You win stuff, people want to be associated with you.”