NPL WA: pressure off Bayswater City with title fate out of its hands

Bayswater City player Paul McCarthy.
Bayswater City player Paul McCarthy.

SECOND-placed Bayswater City Soccer Club is looking to enjoy its last game of the National Premier League WA (NPL WA) season with “no pressure” in front of its home crowd against Stirling Lions.

City sits a point behind title-favourites Inglewood United and could win the league if they win and Inglewood loses to Floreat.

Meanwhile, the Lions are placed seventh on the ladder.

City coach Chris Coyne said it was great to finally have all his players fit and available.

“The boys had a light session on Tuesday after the Sunday game and prepared really well on Thursday,” he said.

“We have made sure that we haven’t over worked the players so they can be ready and raring to go in the last game of the season.”

Coyne said he did not expect too much from his players, as they had “nothing to lose” compared to Inglewood.

“They have been really good for the last two-and-a-half months so they just need to keep working hard for each other and do the simple things well,” he said.

“We are looking to win our game firstly and hope Floreat beat Inglewood as per ECU Joondalup last year for Perth SC to sneak in.

“(Inglewood) are expected to win from their position where we can play in front of a big crowd and enjoy the occasion with no pressure.”

Coyne said the Lions were a young side with plenty of energy and caused City a lot of problems earlier in the season.

“We are a different beast from when we played them last time so we are confident we can get the win required and give ourselves a chance,” he said.

He said after the game, the team would look to win the upcoming finals series.

Bayswater City plays Stirling Lions tomorrow at Frank Drago Reserve.

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