Soccer: Bayswater City wary of ECU Joondalup strike force, but confident ahead of top-four battle


Bayswater City’s Gian Albano. Picture: Jonny Warrington Photography
Bayswater City’s Gian Albano. Picture: Jonny Warrington Photography

BAYSWATER City players are looking forward to their upcoming battle against ECU Joondalup – a side that boasts of two of the top goal scorers in the National Premier Leagues WA.

First-placed City will play its sixth game in three weeks against fourth-placed ECU Joondalup.

Coach Chris Coyne said there were tired legs from a heavy schedule but the players have applied themselves to prepare for this week’s game.

“We haven’t had too many issues from the last few weeks but we have tweaked a few things to ensure that we are ready for the way that ECU play,” he said.

“We already have seven first team regulars out so we can’t afford any more, but it looks like we will get Aaron Maplestone back into the squad.”

Coyne said his team have been excellent over the last few weeks and asked them to improve on very small things.

“Decision making and recognising danger early is important this week as we haven’t conceded many goals but the ones we have are from errors not a team playing through us and could have been avoided,” he said.

“The players are always confident, they have a winning mentality, and they have displayed this over the season.

“They know how to win games and have a never say die attitude and if we go behind I know that they will push until the final whistle.”

He said ECU were going to be a “very difficult opponent”.

“ They have two of the best attackers in (Gordon) Smith and (Daryl) Nicol, who is leading the scoring charts,” he said.

“They had a few results they would not be happy with but looked very strong in their win against Perth SC.

“They always seem to play well against us and they are really pushing hard to win the league this year so we will need to be ready for a battle.”

The top-four clash will be played at Frank Drago Reserve on May 12.

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