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Newcastle Jets versus Perth Glory


Venue: Magic Park, Broadmeadow, Newcastle

KO: 7.30pm AEST

Both sides have started pre-season in strong form, particularly the Jets who warmed up for their first foray in the Cup competition with an 8-1 demolition of Weston Bears last week.

New recruit Jeronimo Neumann scored four goals on his Jets debut in that match and will be keen to continue that form at Magic Park.

The Jets will be without goalkeeper Mark Birighitti who is on Foxtel A-League All Stars duty, with Ben Kennedy expected to get the nod between the sticks.

And he could be in for a busy night with the Glory boasting a line-up full of attacking talent, including Andy Keogh, Richard Garcia and Mitch Nichols.

Kenny Lowe’s side will also be full of confidence after an impressive showing in their 1-1 friendly draw with Malaga last month. However, Youssouf Hersi and Michael Thwaite are also absent on Foxtel A-League All Stars duty, Daniel De Silva is with the Young Socceroos. Ruben Zadkovich and Rostyn Griffiths are injured while there are doubts about Brazilian attacker Sidnei who has a calf problem. Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is favoured to wear the skipper’s armband.

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Keogh brace sees Glory past Jets

A double from Perth's new recruit Andy Keogh has helped his new side past Newcastle in the Westfield FFA Cup round of 32.

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Glory eye deep Cup run

Perth Glory recruit Andy Keogh says his new club are aiming to create history by winning the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup after downing the Newcastle Jets 2-0 in their round of 32 clash in the Hunter.

The Republic of Ireland international scored goals in each half to hand the Glory a comfortable win over a lackluster Jets outfit in front of a healthy crowd at Magic Park in Newcastle.

"Yeah, why not? There's a trophy to win and it's the first time the league's had this cup so why not be the first team to win it?," Keogh said.

"We've got a good squad now, we've got Youssouf Hersi and Michael Thwaite with the All Stars and Rostyn Griffiths and Ruben Zadkovich to come back.

"We've got good strength and depth and we're really looking to take it game by game and make a mark this year."

Keogh admitted it was a difficult task to play a one-off cup tie away from home but felt his side thoroughly deserved their victory.

"It was a good performance, we've been working hard in the pre-season and we deserved the win tonight," he said.

"It's always tough with the smaller ground but the atmosphere was great and both teams put a  good shift in. We're just happy to come away with the win and go back to Perth going into the next round."

The Glory striker admitted he was pleased with his form in front of goal but suggested he still needed to work on his fitness.

"Yeah its always nice to score, it was a good team effort, they were easy enough chances and credit to the lads they put them on a plate for me," he said.

"Its going well, I still feel I need to get a bit fitter but the whole team has been doing brilliant, but its one step at a time until the season starts."

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