Soccer: Bayswater City move into top four after win over Perth Glory in National Premier League


Bor Bor Sam. Picture: Sabata Creatives.
Bor Bor Sam. Picture: Sabata Creatives.

BAYSWATER City has moved into the top four on the PS4 National Premier League WA ladder after a 2-1 home victory against Perth Glory on Saturday.

In near perfect playing conditions, the game flickered to life in the 17th minute when a Declan Hargreaves corner saw David Stokoe outjump the Glory defence and execute a powerful downward header, which the outstretched hand of Jordan Thurtell in goal could do little to stop.

Bayswater were applying the pressure and it was some desperate defending that was keeping Glory in it, along with a dash of luck as home marksman Gustavo Giron Marulanda looped a header just centimetres wide.

But Glory got themselves back into it at the 37-minute mark when a piece of magic from forward Kosta Petratos saw him turn and unleash an unstoppable curler into the back of the net.

The away team was unlucky not to go into the break ahead with Bayswater goalie Devon Spence at his best to pull off fine blocks from Jamal Reiners and Joseph Knowles.

Bayswater almost made a dream start to the second-period when a chipped free-kick by sub Todd Howarth was brought down expertly by Devon Gibson, only to see his effort come off the outside of the upright.

But they were not to be denied moments later when striker Jason Mirco beat the offside-trap and finished neatly past Thurtell.

Perth rang the changes but Howarth’s dead-ball prowess almost made it three with Thurtell again doing well to push out his 25-metre swerver.

Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne said he was happy with the outcome but demanded more from his players.

“Pleased with the win but not too pleased with the performance,” he said.

“But considering we’ve not hit top form and have a game in hand I’ve got to be happy with where we’re at but we haven’t hit top gear,” Coyne said.

Glory coach John Gibson said his side was unlucky to leave empty-handed.

“We had some really good opportunities and dominated play but we’ve got to be better, more ruthless and cutting-edge in the front-third,” he said.

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