Despite the loss, coach Lee Bamber was delighted with how the players performed.
‘I think we surprised a few people,’ he said. ‘We played a very competitive game against the reigning champions.’
‘If the players keep up that level of consistency we should do really well going forward.’
Armadale Soccer Club life member Kevin Marten said Bayswater had a slight upper hand in terms of opportunities, but some solid defending, resolute goalkeeping and the woodwork were instrumental in keeping the score-sheet blank.
‘Armadale were by no means sitting back and absorbing the pressure – they pressed Bayswater into making mistakes and losing possession,’ he said.
‘This resulted in some good opportunities for Armadale by the way of some nicely timed through-balls for their forwards to latch on to.
‘Unfortunately the finishing was thwarted by some good work from the Bayswater keeper.’
Early in the second half, Armadale were still settling in while Bayswater took the opportunity to take advantage of the open spaces on the left hand side and slotted the ball home to go 1- 0 up.
Despite the setback, Armadale continued to show spirit and determination to get their game back on track and set about looking for an equaliser.
Timely substitutions later in the half saw tiring players replaced with fresher players and Armadale had more opportunities towards the end of the game as Bayswater defended their lead.
Unfortunately, the equaliser didn’t arrive, but the game which could have gone either way, bodes well for a good season if Armadale can maintain this form, Marten said.
Armadale will play their first home game of the NPL WA season against Subiaco this Saturday, March 15, at Alfred Skeet Oval.
Armadale NPL U18s team lost 1-2 to Bayswater NPL U18s, while Armadale NPL U20s also lost 1-2 to Bayswater NPL U20s.