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Glory cruise into FFA Cup final

FFACup_SF_BG_v_PERPerth Glory became the first team to qualify for the 2014 FFA Cup final, with a comfortable 3-0 win over a brave Bentleigh Greens outfit on Tuesday night at Kingston Heath. A capacity crowd of 3,300 were on hand to witness the travelling team continue their run of good form, qualifying for their first trophy-laden final since 2012.

As he had done on Sunday against the Mariners, Nebojsa Marinkovic was front and centre, scoring twice and providing an assist for Glory’s third goal.

The Serbian opened the scoring in the 28th minute, when Bentleigh captain Wayne Wallace brought down Richard Garcia outside the area. The resulting free kick was a peach, nestling into the net off the underside of the crossbar, and giving Greens’ goalkeeper Alastair Bray no chance.

Shortly after half time, and despite a good period of Bentleigh possession, Andy Keogh broke through the Greens’ defence and laid the ball off for Marinkovic. A deft first touch to evade Jack Webster left the midfielder one-on-one with Bray, making no mistake as he thumped the ball into the far corner to double the Glory’s advantage.

Bentleigh would go close multiple times in the second half, as they controlled the majority of play, with Glory either forced into midfield mistakes, or at times seemingly content to sit back and absorb the Bentleigh pressure. Former Melbourne Victory player Luke Pilkington went close for the home side with a long-distance shot that went narrowly wide, before Wallace fired marginally over from a similar distance.

Those long shots, however, were the best chances the home side were able to create, and in the 85th minute, Chris Harold sealed the Glory’s qualification to the final, finishing off a clinical move between himself, Marinkovic and Josh Risdon on the left.

John Anastasiadis’ team were certainly up to the challenge, and showed plenty over the 90 minutes, but the class of the A-League outfit won out. Glory now await the winner of Wednesday’s Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners semi final, with the final likely to be played at the home ground of the winner of that clash.

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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