BAYSWATER City opened up a three point lead at the top of the National Premier Leaguse WA table on Saturday but it was at the bottom where Joondalup United provided the shock of the round.
Joondalup United snapped a 12-game winless streak defeating previously in-form Inglewood United 3-1 at Percy Doyle Reserve.
Goals from Callum Stocks, Sam Wynne and Alex Wild led the league’s bottom club to victory against Inglewood and coach Nick Jennings could not have been more proud of his team.
“I’m absolutely buzzing; we thoroughly deserved all three points. We controlled things throughout and played the game on our own terms,” he said.
Inglewood coach and Perth Glory captain Andy Keogh criticised his team’s display after seeing his team’s three-match winning run end.
“I’m not happy with the performance. They haven’t won a game all year and we’re the first team to lose to them, it’s not good enough,” he said.
Joondalup are still deep in trouble but at least now have second bottom Floreat Athena in their sights as Floreat were beaten 2-1 by Subiaco, youngster Robert Harding coming off the bench to score the winner.
Subiaco moved out of the bottom three with the win and was replaced by Sorrento, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Armadale, their sixth loss in seven matches.
At the top, Bayswater City delivered a top-class performance to defeat Forrestfield United 4-0 at Wildlife Safari Stadium to maintain a three point lead at the top of the table.
Goals from David Stokoe, Gian Albano, Paul Lloyd and Luke Salmon helped Bayswater to a comprehensive victory.
Bayswater captain Trent Kay praised his team’s performance and was pleased to come out of this busy period on top of the table.
“I thought the boys played excellent today and all the other results went our way, so we’re pretty excited about that,” Kay said.
“The league has been very even across the board this year, it’s the tightest it’s been since I’ve been playing and I’ve been playing for 10 years.
“Its good, it’s more competitive and I love it but I still hope we can go on and get the wins.”
Second-placed Cockburn City lost ground on Bayswater, losing 2-1 at Dalmatinac Park as late goals from Henry Hore and Walter Scott condemned them to defeat.
After two home losses in which they conceded 10 goals, ECU Joondalup could have done without skipper Daryl Nicol missing a penalty after two minutes.
Fortunately for Dale McCulloch’s side, Gordan Smith scored soon after and with goalkeeper Johnny Perkins in inspiring form, ECU able to hold out for a 1-0 win against Perth SC.
In the other round 12 fixture, Stirling Lions moved into the top half with a 3-0 win over Balcatta.
David Micevski, Alex Tanevski and Dhhors Chol netted Keegan Ashley’s team who have made their way into the top half of the table.