Lowry one step away from FA Cup Final

Lowry one step away from FA Cup Final

Posted on April 12, 2013 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup and now Millwall defender Shane Lowry is 90 minutes away from a dream outing in England’s centrepiece event, the FA Cup final.

The Lions face Wigan in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium and Lowry is planning to follow in the footsteps of Joe Marston, Craig Johnston, Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill by becoming only the fifth Australian to compete in the final of the prestigious knock-out competition. The 23-year is also hoping the exposure gained from his club’s fairy tale run can help ignite his Socceroos career.

Lowry was called into camp with the Socceroos on several occasions under former coach Pim Verbeek but never made an appearance. After a breakthrough season at club level, the defender is out to convince Holger Osieck he has something to offer on the road to Brazil 2014. “Games like these are shown worldwide so hopefully it might get me some recognition,” Lowry told AAP. “I am definitely ambitious and I want to play for Australia. Hopefully people will be watching (on Saturday) but if not I’ll just keep going and hopefully in the future I can be part of it.”

After spending five years in Aston Villa’s youth squad, Lowry spent time on loan at a handful of clubs before last year signing with Millwall. Lowry has since nailed down a regular starting spot, playing in 36 of the club’s 40 league games this season. “It was the best decision for me to come to Millwall,” said Lowry, who is looking forward to toppling Wigan this weekend. “They have an eye on staying in the Premier League, so we might be able to catch them off guard,” Lowry said. “It’s a one-off game, so anything’s possible.”