Bayswater beat Subiaco to return to top spot

Report by Jayden Lihou

Bayswater City returned to the summit of the NPL WA ladder with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Subiaco at Rosalie Park on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, the away side scored twice in quick succession through Luka Ninkovic and Andrija Jukic, before Subiaco responded with a Steve Purton penalty.

Subiaco continued to push for the equaliser but it was not to be as Gian Albano secured all three points to send Bayswater into top spot after Perth Glory and Perth SC both failed to win.

Despite dominating much of the possession in the first half, Bayswater were unable to test opposition keeper Ryan Montgomery.

And it was Subiaco who fashioned the first genuine opportunity. Winger Monase Abendelwa received the ball in space on the far side of the box but Devon Spence saved at his near post.

It was a different story in the second half as Bayswater exploded into life with two quick goals.

The first came in the 49th minute when a corner found Ninkovic at the far post and he slotted the ball home through a sea of defenders.

And Bayswater doubled their lead four minutes later after Subiaco failed to clear the ball at the edge of the box. Jukic seized on the opportunity and gave Montgomery no chance with a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Subiaco pulled a goal back 17 minutes from time after they were awarded a penalty when David Perich was brought down in the box. Purton took the spot-kick and showed composure to give his side hope of a comeback.

However, it was Bayswater who found the decisive goal two minutes into injury time when Albano tapped home into an empty net after the ball was squared to him.

Despite the loss, Subiaco player-coach Ian McMurray remains confident his side can turn around their form.

In the first half I thought we worked hard to keep them at bay and it was a pretty even game,” he said.

And in the second half we let in some poor goals, but we showed character to come back and put them under a bit of pressure with the penalty. However, I think it was just a lack of concentration that cost us in the end.

“The teams around us in the ladder have started to get a few good results, which means we’re near the bottom, but I’ve got faith in the squad and I think we are good enough to get some wins on the board.”

The win ended a run of two straight league defeats for Bayswater, who face Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve this Wednesday night. Subiaco are at Forrestfield United on the same night.

Subiaco 1 (Purton 73min)
Bayswater City 3 (Ninkovic 49, Jukic 53, Albano 90+2)
Saturday, April 28
Rosalie Park
Kick-off: 3 pm
Referee: Nico Hoyle
Assistant  referees: Amit Hosany, Dylan Luke Watson

Subiaco: GK. Ryan MONTGOMERY (C), 5. Monase ABENDELWA (11. Joshua BOOYSEN 69), 6. Jackson DONGRAY, 7. Dean APELGREN, 10. Asher NELSON (4. Robert HARDING 58), 12. Nathan SMITH, 13. James DORLING, 16. Steve PURTON, 17. Alex CASTIELLO, 18. David PERICH, 19. Ian MCMURRAY (9. Rory FEELY 55)
Substitutes not used: 3. Jack ANDREWS, 21. Josiah GODFREY
Yellow cards: Perich 44 
Red cards: Nil

Bayswater City: GK. Devon SPENCE, 4. Arran MAPLESTONE (21. Riley VAN DIEKEN 82), 5. Adam HARRIS, 6. Todd HOWARTH, 8. Paul MCCARTHY, 12. David STOKOE, 13. Trent Kay (C), 17. Gian ALBANO, 19. Luka NINKOVIC, 23. Andrija JUKIC, 26. Paul LLOYD
Substitutes not used: 15. Jordan POKLER, 22. Luke SALMON, 24. Jake SARDELIC, 25. Luke HUTCHESON
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

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