If the current Hyundai A-League standings of the two Westfield FFA Cup finalists are anything to go by, there is something to say about progressing deep in the Cup.
The ominous form of the two Westfield FFA Cup finalists on their way to reaching the December 16 decider has spilled over to the results both are enjoying on the league front.
Perth Glory and Adelaide United, the two clubs who will battle it out in the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup Final, are setting the pace after the opening six rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season.
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The team from Western Australia and the side from the City of Churches currently hold down first and second spot on the ladder respectively.
Both sides continued their winning form on the weekend just gone with 2-1 results, the Reds snatching a last minute winner to get past Wellington Phoenix, before the Glory sent the Western Sydney Wanderers packing. Between them the two clubs have registered an impressive 29 points out of a possible 36.
Five wins from six matches has given Perth Glory their best ever start to a season, their solitary loss ironically coming against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Round 3.
After six games, Perth Glory has already registered more than half of the total number of points they finished with last season.
With a host of carefully handpicked signings in the off season, Coach Kenny Lowe has built and moulded a squad that is playing with a high level of belief and confidence.
One of the main contributing factors for the Glory’s is undoubtedly the form and goal scoring potency of their Irish marksman. Andy Keogh has struck nine times in the Westfield FFA Cup and Hyundai A-League combined. Four of Perth’s ten league goals have come from Keogh as he has proven himself as one of the prime strikers in the country.
While the 28 year old has taken a back seat in Perth’s last couple of games, what would be pleasing for Lowe is that it has instead been others bobbing up, even unfamiliar sources in the shape of defensive duo Dino Djulbic and Scott Jamieson, who were the ones on the score sheet against the Wanderers.
Meanwhile in Adelaide the Reds are also humming, occupying second on the table and yet to taste defeat. Four wins and two draws, which includes maximum points so far away from home, has Josep Gombau’s men sitting just a point behind their western neighbours.
Many pundits believe the Reds are the best ‘footballing’ team in the competition at the moment, and their talented Spanish brigade together with Argentine maestro Marcelo Carrusca is driving an inspired United outfit.
Perth Glory will fancy their chances of notching up another three points when they host Wellington Phoenix on Friday night, while the Reds are off to Gosford to face the Central Coast Mariners, the team they defeated in the Westfield FFA Cup Semi Finals, on Sunday.
Whether there is a link between success in the Westfield FFA Cup and the Hyundai A-League is obviously disputable, but maybe let’s just put it down to the ‘magic of the Cup’.
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