Bayswater get the breaks against Forrestfield

Report by Ryan Borrett

Bayswater City are one step closer to a top-four finish after defeating relegation candidates Forrestfield United 2-1 at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday.

Forrestfield can consider themselves unlucky not to have claimed at least a point after conceding an unfortunate own goal on the stroke of half-time and they could not find a way back in the second half.

Victory for Bayswater moved them to third place after Cockburn City’s dramatic draw at Perth Glory, while Forrestfield remain second from bottom and they must get something from their final game of the season at home to Stirling to have any chance of staying up and sending Subiaco down.

Bayswater coach Chris Coyne was pleased to have boosted their top-four chances despite not being at their peak.

“I’m happy with the result,” he said.

“It keeps us alive, obviously we have to go to ECU next week and get a win depending on how Cockburn go.

“It wasn’t pretty today but three points at the end of the day and we’ll take it.”

Forrestfield coach Rod Banjac said his team were unlucky once again but held on to some hope of staying up.

“I think that just sums our season up,” he said.

“We played well and we were the better team today.

“We’ve just got to keep going, there’s still one more game to go.”

After a slow start to the match Luka Ninkovic opened the scoring with a close-range finish in the 29th minute.

The goal came after Forrestfield winger Rhys Loxley hit the post with a powerful shot inside the box and Bayswater countered quickly to create the chance for Ninkovic.

Forrestfield rallied after going behind and Loxley went close to levelling the scores in the 37th minute after getting on the end of a long ball in the box but he blasted his shot over.

Their hard work was finally rewarded in the 41st minute when another long ball from midfield found the run of striker Hasani Sinclair and he slotted the ball round Bayswater keeper Dejan Aleksic and into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

However Bayswater got lucky in the 45th minute. Todd Howarth’s low free-kick from the edge of the box wasn’t cleared and the ball bounced into the net off Sinclair to give Bayswater the lead.

Coyne said of the goal: “It hid a lot of cracks because I thought we were poor again, no energy, poor decision making, so the best thing is the last few weeks we’ve ground a couple results out where we didn’t deserve them.”

Forrestfield came close to equalising in the 68th minute after a good run by Sinclair past two defenders to the edge of the box but his low shot was saved well by Aleksic.

Bayswater’s defence held firm in the closing minutes as Forrestfield pushed forward in search of an equaliser and the three points went to the home side.

Bayswater face fellow top-four contenders ECU Joondalup next week, with fourth-placed Inglewood also in the hunt.

Forrestfield’s chances of possibly avoiding automatic relegation are out of their hands but they will be encouraged by the fact Perth Glory still need something against Subiaco to be sure of winning the title. Should Subiaco defeat Glory then Forrestfield are down regardless of how they do against Stirling.

Bayswater City 2 (Ninkovic 29min, Sinclair og 45)
Forrestfield United 1 (Sinclair 41)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Frank Drago Reserve
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Josh Mannella
Assistant referees: Stephen Wright, Thomas Robinson

Bayswater City: 1. Dejan ALEKSIC, 5. Adam HARRIS, 6. Todd HOWARTH, 8. Paul MCCARTHY, 10. Jason MIRCO, 11. Ryan PEARSON, 12. David STOKOE (24. Jake SARDELIC 71), 13. Trent KAY, 17. Gian ALBANO, 19. Luka NINKOVIC (26. Paul LLOYD 63), 29. Nicole TALIMDZIOSKI (23. Andrija JUKIC 90+3)
Unused substitutes: 4. Arran MAPLESTONE, 25. Luke HUTCHINSON, 
Yellow cards: Kay 52
Red cards: Nil

Forrestfield United: 1. Luke MARTINO, 2. Tom SOUTHGATE, 3. Wilbert TSHABANGU, 6. Kristian DESPOTOVSKI (16. Thomas JEBB 63), 8. Mitchell CROKCER, 9. Hasani SINCLAIR, 11. Liam MERIGAN, 14. Benjamin ROGERS (7. Josh KATIO 58), 15. Josh APPLEBY (12. Callum DOBBS 76), 17. Leslie MARI, 23. Rhys LOXLEY
Unused substitutes: 5. Mitchell BARKER, 18. Benjamin PARRY
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

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