NPL WA: Bayswater faces test against inform ECU Joondalup in quest for top 4 spot


Andy Reale and Jason Mirco defending against Perth SC last weekend. Picture: Kate Jackson
Andy Reale and Jason Mirco defending against Perth SC last weekend. Picture: Kate Jackson

BAYSWATER City is hoping to consolidate its top-four position by winning its last three games of the season, starting with ECU Joondalup this weekend.

Coach Chris Coyne said City’s preparation had been very low-key because the players pulled up sore on Tuesday.

“We are disappointed with last week’s result and realise that we need the football Gods to smile on us and hope other results go our way,” he said.

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“There will be changes from last week’s XI as the side did not play well and did not show the required desire to put things right so we will freshen it up this weekend.”

Coyne said his team needed to work on its physical efforts for each other off the ball.

“We have a lot of quality in the squad but we were very stagnant last week and did not work hard enough for each other with and without the ball,” he said.

“The energy that was evident the week before against Subiaco was missing for large periods of the game.”

Coyne said ECU Joondalup had some excellent players and were a lively and well-organised team.

“ECU are the in-form side in the second half of the season and will play a big part in the run in for the winners of the league and also the top four contenders,” he said.

He said City were not in the form that they could think beyond a top-four spot.

“No one will fancy playing us in the finals if we do make it as we will have two or three players back then that will strengthen the team,” he said.

Bayswater City plays ECU Joondalup tomorrow at Ashfield Arena.