Billy wants Perth glory

BILLY Mehmet made some history wearing the famous claret and blue of West Ham United when he was 14.

He was the youngest ever player to play in a first team match for the East London team when he played in a testimonial game.

Fourteen years later, the striker will have a shot at scoring another piece of history - for Perth Glory.

The Glory has never won the A-League premiership, let alone reached the grand final.

Mission one has been accomplished with the West Australians to play the Brisbane Roar in Sunday's final at Suncorp Stadium, the condition of the surface criticised by Roar coach Ange Postecoglou after Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League loss to Ulsan Hyundai.

Whether they can beat the defending champions remains to be seen.

But Mehmet, who has scored six times this season, hopes he can play a part, and do it alongside his good mate and strike partner, Shane Smeltz.

It wasn't all that long ago that the pair were plying their trade in the Turkish Super Lig for Gençlerbirligi. Now they are proving hard to handle here.

While Smeltz has grabbed most of the headlines for his goal-scoring exploits, Mehmet has been doing his thing - working tirelessly off the ball, being the target, taking some chances and creating others.

"Personally I've been happy with the way things have been going, but there is one more game and it's the biggest game and obviously we have to keep doing what we have been doing," Mehmet said.

The partnership between the pair looks intuitive and Mehmet puts that down to being such good friends on and off the pitch, even if it does mean he routinely gives Smeltz a belting at FIFA 12.

"Off the park he is round my house all the time. We're always on the Playstation together and I think when you have that friendship off the park, it helps you on the park," Mehmet, who joined Perth last September and scored the winning goal on his A-League debut against Adelaide United, said.

"Having said that I absolutely batter him at Playstation. To be honest, he's not the best of players ... but he tries."

 

GAME DETAILS

A-League grand final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Sunday, 4pm (EST), with live coverage on Fox Sports from 2.30pm (EST).

FORM GUIDE:

Roar: DDWWWW

Glory: WLWWWW

NEXT STEP: The winner qualifies for the Asian Champions League.



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