NPLWA: Armadale get big 4-1 win over Bayswater City

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ARMADALE Soccer Club made a huge statement in their round 19 NPLWA match at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday, downing the second-placed Bayswater City 4-1.

Armadale took some time to settle as Bayswater started the game the stronger of the two, but the visitors missed an early chance to take the lead in the 15th minute when Gian Albano was denied due to some quick reflexes from Armadale keeper Devon Spence.

It didn’t take long for Bayswater to rue the missed opportunity when Armadale captain Chris Jackson swooped on a mix-up in the opposition’s defence to head the ball into the net just four minutes later.

The score became 2-0 thanks to a Billy Quinncroft volley in the 29th minute while two goals in three minutes from James Atkins midway through the second half sealed the big win for Armadale.

Gian Albano scored Bayswater’s sole goal via a penalty in the 67th minute.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was happy with his side’s performance and finishing.

“In this fixture last year they thumped us 5-0 so today’s result shows we’ve come a long way and that the team is has a bit more ambition and a bit more quality,” he said.

“There’s still only five points between us and second bottom so I think a couple more wins will make it safe for us this year.

“Obviously we have a few other things on our mind, with the (Belt up.) cup final and the (FFA Cup) Round of 32, so we would like to put some of our upcoming games to bed so we can go to Cairns not worrying about a relegation battle.”

Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said he was disappointed with his side’s third loss in as many games.

“We played like we were scared today, which was the most disappointing thing for me,” he said.

“I don’t care if we lose, for me it’s not about the result, it’s about the performance and not playing with fear.

“The players have to be held accountable now, it’s now time for them to stand up and make sure they’re doing everything they can to win games and at the moment they’re just not doing that.”

The win keeps Armadale in seventh place with 25 points while Bayswater dropped to third with 39 points behind ladder leaders Perth Glory (42) and Cockburn City (40).