Lions battling hard to stave off relegation

Stirling Lions captain Dean Cummings
Stirling Lions captain Dean Cummings

STIRLING Lions enjoyed a victory over Bayswater City last Saturday afternoon in round 19 of the National Premier League WA.

The bottom placed Lions won 2-1 after first-half goals from captain Dean Cummings in the 35th minute and Michael Wantee in the 44th.

Bayswater began the second half eager to retaliate and Gordon Smith slotted one at the 54th minute, but it proved to be the visitor’s only goal.

Stirling Lions coach Trevor Morgan praised the home team’s effort as they battle to stave off relegation.

“I thought they were fantastic,” he said.

“When you’re at the bottom and you know that you have to win, it’s very difficult, it’s a little bit different than not having to lose, but the players were great,” he said.

“Getting the second goal gave us a bit more breathing space.

“One-nil is always tight but when Michael scored the second goal, at least it meant that the opposition, should they score, still needed to score again.

“It’s a difficult score to be beat, two-nil.”

The Lions were backed by strong support, with the game drawing a big crowd to Macedonia Park.

“They were behind the team all the way, even at the end of the game we had supporters coming into the change room congratulating the team, which I’ve never seen before in my life, so you can see what it means to them and I hope it means the same to the players,” Morgan said.

With three matches remaining the bottom five teams find themselves in a relegation battle.

The Lions will face another tough test this Saturday against third-placed Inglewood United at Perth Plaster Board Centre Stadium.

“The system that we play and the players that we’ve got playing in that system are working well,” Morgan said.

“There’s been a couple of games that maybe we could have gotten more from over the previous five or six games, but the players have stuck to their tasks and done everything that we’ve asked from them and we’ve kept ourselves in with a chance of staying in the division.”

Breanna Inferrera