The Courier-Mail



AN FFA Cup clash tonight against Perth Glory is the icing on the cake for Lions midfielder Alex Schiavo.

Third-tier club Lions host Perth Glory in tonight’s round-of-16 clash at Perry Park in the biggest match of the 19-year-old’s fledgling career.

“The FFA Cup is the best thing to have happened to Australian football,” Schiavo said.

“It gives part-time footballer­s the chance to play against the best ... you just never know who might be watching.”

Schiavo, whose “other job” is at an Ascot supermarke­t, only recently returned to action after an ongoing knee problem.

“I ruptured my MCL (medial collateral ligament) and I came back too quick and hurt it again,” he said.

“I thought that was it for the season but it wasn’t as bad as I first feared.”

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