AN explosive first and last 10 minutes saw Inglewood United defeat neighbouring Bayswater City 4-1 in a tense National Premier Leagues WA (NPL WA) encounter at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday.
Bayswater custodian Devon Spence was sent off in the second minute for a rash challenge on Brian Woodall, leaving the home side with 10 men for the remaining 88 minutes.
A brace from Alex Salmon, along with a goal each to Ash Rosindale and debutant Feisal Zaw, ensured Inglewood maintained its unbeaten record against Bayswater in the past two NPL WA seasons.
Chants of “who needs Mourinho when you’ve got (Andy) Keogh” roared from the visiting change rooms post-match, and the Perth Glory striker, who is Inglewood’s coach, was delighted with the result.
“The lads have been working hard in training, they’ve been really concentrating on the tactical side of things and I think it has shown today,” Keogh said.
“Our substitutions proved the difference today, with our new addition Feisal Zaw coming on and Adam Tong securing things at the back for a deserved win.”
Bayswater coach Chris Coyne took plenty of positives out of the game despite a late blow out.
“I pushed bodies forward so that is my fault, but the boys were magnificent,” he said.
“When you feel you’re being hard done by it doesn’t rub well, but I’m proud of the players and I’d be proud to go in the trenches with them.
“We are all gutted in there, but at the end of the day there is a lot to learn from that and a lot of positives to take out of it.”
The result sees Inglewood rise two places on the league table to fourth, while Bayswater falls two places to fifth.
In the upset of the round, Stirling Lions defeated Floreat Athena 1-0 to knock Floreat from the top of the table to third place.
Sorrento now sits in first place, two points clear of Perth SC, after two second half goals from striker Scott Bulloch ensured it came away with a solid 3-0 win over Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve.
Perth SC had a convincing 5-0 away win against Mandurah City, while Cockburn ended a 5-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Subiaco at Rosalie Park.
Joondalup United and ECU Joondalup each took a point after a 2-2 draw at ECU Joondalup Stadium on Saturday, while Perth Glory and Armadale drew 0-0 at Ashfield Arena.
NPL WA Round 14 RESULTS
Perth Glory 0
Cockburn City 1 (Mouithys 17min)
Stirling Lions 1 (Kalau 25min)
Floreat Athena 0
Bayswater City 1 (Stokoe 70min)
Inglewood United 4 (Salmon 3min, 88, Rosindale 7, Zaw 83)
Sorrento 3 (Hill 17min, Bulloch 78, 80)
ECU Joondalup 2 (Smith 29min, Iredale 52)
Joondalup United 2 (Maplestone 9min, 40)
Mandurah City 0
Perth SC 5 (Silla 23min, 78, Milenkovic 37, Catarcione 56, Orr 58)