STIRLING Lions produced a brilliant performance to record a shock 3-1 win over league leaders Inglewood United at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday in round 21 of the National Premier Leagues WA.
An early goal to Daniel Micevski and second half goals to Nicholas Ashley and Cameron Teece gave the hosts a three goal lead and they never looked back in an impressive showing.
Stirling coach Rob Milevski praised his side’s effort and efficiency.
“I’m very happy with the result and the performance,” he said.
“We created good opportunities, pressed in key areas and finished our chances.
“Playing the league leaders was a good challenge for the boys, they applied themselves throughout the whole match and we had winners all over the park.
“I thought our defence was very good and we made it very hard for them to penetrate.”
Inglewood coach Andy Keogh gave plenty of credit to Stirling after a lacklustre display from his side.
“(Stirling) dominated in every aspect. They thoroughly deserved their victory,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do over the next two weeks.
“They got an early goal, fought hard, played better football and were more committed.”
Despite the loss, Inglewood remains top of the table, just one point ahead of Perth SC who leapfrogged Floreat Athena to move into second place after defeating Armadale 1-0 on Saturday.
In other round 21 matches, Perth Glory coasted past Mandurah City 5-0 at Ashfield Arena and Cockburn City shared the spoils with Joondalup United in a 1-1 draw at Dalmatinac Park.
Bayswater City recorded a gutsy 1-0 win over Floreat Athena at E&D Litis Stadium, Sorrento bounced back from last week’s heavy loss at Perth with a convincing 2-0 win against ECU Joondalup, and Subiaco claimed a much needed 2-0 win over Balcatta at Rosalie Park.
NPL WA round 21 results
Inglewood United 1 (Salmon 87min)
Stirling Lions 3 (Daniel Micevski 5min, Ashley 54, Teece 63)
Perth SC 1 (OG 57min)
Perth Glory 5 (Scott 25min, Stynes 49, 67, 80, Timmins 88)
Mandurah City 0
Cockburn City 1 (O’Brien 90+2min )
Joondalup United 1 (Maplestone 32min)
Floreat Athena 0
Bayswater City 1 (Sam 49min)
Sorrento 2 (Witschge 37min, 60)
ECU Joondalup 0
Subiaco 2 (Castiello 26min, McMurray 68)