Perth Glory is set for a second successive FFA Cup Final after disposing of Melbourne City by three goals to one at nib Stadium last night.

Gyorgy Sandor opened the scoring before Matthew Millar drew the visitors level, but an own goal by Ben Garuccio and Chris Harold’s second half strike gave Glory the win.

With a number of key players missing, including the likes of Robert Koren, Aaron Hughes, Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo and Michael Zullo, City were there for the taking and, after a couple of nervy moments, Glory eventually put them to the sword.

Hungarian Sandor has impressed since joining in the offseason, and notched his third goal in three games when he slotted home from six yards after City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi parried a header from a corner.

Shortly afterwards, Velaphi was forced to leave the field with blood pouring from his face following a nasty collision with Guyon Fernandez and he was replaced by Thomas Sorensen.

City drew level on 42 minutes as debutant Matthew Millar got free to head home a corner from Aaron Mooy.

Parity didn’t last long, however, and when Harold flicked on a long ball from Ante Covic, City defender Garuccio lobbed the ball over Sorensen and into his own net when under pressure from Guyon Fernandez.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, but Covic saved superbly from Mooy and David Williams fired the follow up effort just wide.

Seconds later the game was over as a contest when Diego Castro worked some magic to play in Harold who finished low past Sorensen.

The win is a timely confidence booster for Glory who have lost their first two league games and stand-in skipper Dino Djulbic, who led by example throughout, afterwards stressed the importance of the cup to the players.

“To bring a trophy to Perth would be unbelievable,” he said.

“The fans and everyone deserves it and the boys have worked hard. We’ve played 120 minutes nearly every game except this one, that’s how much we want it.”

Fernandez frustrated as Castro dazzles

Dutch striker Guyon Fernandez has come in for criticism for his performances so far, and last night it again took him a while to get going.

To his credit, it was the striker’s pressure on Garuccio that forced that defender to put through his own net for the second goal, and some of his back to goal play was encouraging.

The lone striker role is never an easy one to play, especially when balls are being punted over your head, but Fernandez’s visible frustration towards his team mates won’t endear him to many onlookers.

Glory fans pining for the same work rate that Andy Keogh showed last season will likely be left disappointed, but it’s still far too early to completely write off Fernandez.

By contrast, Spaniard Diego Castro has already won a place in the hearts of supporters with his composure on the ball and excellent eye for a killer pass.

This was no more evident than when he jinked his way around a couple of defenders and played a perfectly weighted pass for Chris Harold to bag the clincher.

Castro exited the game shortly afterwards though, and Andy Ord admitted afterwards that he is still not fully fit and has a calf problem that needs to be managed.

“He has played with a slight strain and it’s taken its toll in the end but he can produce, and he’s going to be a fantastic player in this league,” said Ord.

Will Perth get a chance to experience final fever?

The images of Glory owner Tony Sage celebrating his club’s goals have provided meme material for at least the next week, and you can be sure that the man himself won’t be too far from the headlines during the same period.

Glory have already submitted a bid to host the November 7 final, believing that they are owed one having travelled to South Australia to take on Adelaide United a year ago.

“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,” said Chief Executive Officer Peter Filopoulos in a statement released before last night’s game.

“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, of at least upwards of 16-thousand which is more than what Coopers Stadium in Adelaide holds.”

As many have pointed out, the semi-final attendance of 4165 isn’t ideal when you are bidding to host a showpiece contest over somewhere like Melbourne, but Adelaide only attracted 4548 for their equivalent game in 2014.

“Seeing that we are the only team that’s made the final twice, to play two times away wouldn’t be right but it’s not up to us,” said Dino Djulbic.

“We take it as it comes, but we want to have the final here.”

The issue of time difference is no longer a factor with the final to be held on a Saturday, and Glory believe that the bumper crowd of 19,495 for the Socceroos game against Bangladesh in September is proof that there is an appetite for big games in Perth.

A lot may rest on next week’s second semi when Melbourne Victory take on Hume City, but the former is the firm favourite to win that one and also host the final.

Perth Glory: 1. Ante COVIC, 3. Marc WARREN, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Gyorgy SANDOR, 10. Nebosja MARINKOVIC, 14. Chris HAROLD, 17. Diego CASTRO, 18. Mitch OXBORROW, 19. Josh RISDON, 20. Guyon FERNANDEZ, 23. Michael THWAITE,

Subs: 2. Alex GRANT, 12. Jerrad Tyson, 13. Diogo FERREIRA, 15. Hagi GLIGOR, 16. SIDNEI Sciola Moraes.

Melbourne City: 4. Conner CHAPMAN, 8. Aaron MOOY, 17. Wade DEKKER, 19. Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20. Tando VELAPHI, 21. Stefan MAUK, 22. Jack CLISBY, 23. Bruno FORNAROLI, 25. Jacob MELLING, 28. Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 36. Matthew MILLAR.

Subs: Thomas SORENSEN, 15. David WILLIAMS, 18. Paulo RETRE, 24. Patrick KISNORBO, 34. Stefan ZINNI.

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Neil has covered the Perth Glory and the Hyundai A-League for five years and is one of Western Australia's most knowledgeable football journalists.