ARMADALE have gone down 2-1 to Bayswater City at Frank Drago reserve on Saturday in the National Premier Leagues WA.
Todd Howarth gave the home team the lead early before Hayden Doyle scored a stunner on the stroke of half time.
Armadale substitute Dylan White pulled one back late, but they could not find the equaliser.
It was an early start for the game, a 1pm kick off, but it did not affect Bayswater who dominated early, and Armadale keeper Alfie Brincat had to be alert on eight minutes to push Jamie Coyne’s long-range shot around a post.
Then four minutes later the home side hit the front.
Howarth’s curling free kick from 18m beat Brincat at his near post.
It was nearly two on the half hour, Howarth’s superb through ball sent Jason Mirco clear, but Brincat stood tall to save.
Armadale hit back before the break, Caleb Dixon’s long-range shot flashed wide, before Alex Castiello headed inches over.
They went even close on 40 minutes, Jordan Candlish burst into the penalty area but Fraser Greenwood pushed his shot onto the post.
In the shadows of half time the home side doubled their advantage.
Doyle played a one-two with Mirco down the right, and the former Stoke City trainee cut inside his marker and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
The visitors opened the second half well and Jake Sardelic saw his shot crash off the crossbar three minutes in, before Greenwood saved well to deny Alex Healing.
Both sides pressed as the game opened up, but it was Armadale who were back in the contest on 81 minutes.
A poor back pass by Nathan Costello put Greenwood under pressure and as the keeper attempted to clear the ball, it ricocheted off White, who ran into an empty net to score.
The visitors were now on top and they almost got the equaliser late. Good work from substitute Papa Kpatar on the right, ended with Alex Salmon’s shot, which hit a Bayswater defender.
The Armadale players were convinced it had struck an arm, but referee Alex Novatsis was well placed to turn down their appeals.