Jayden Lihou Match Report NPLWA Round 24

Bayswater City has boosted their title hopes after defeating Armadale 4-1 at Finance 365 Stadium in Round 24 of the PS4 NPLWA.

Gustavo Marulanda scored twice with Andrija Jukic and Bor Bor Sam adding the others as the hosts sit a point behind leaders Inglewood United with two games remaining.

Despite the win, Bayswater coach Chris Coyne was keen to ensure his team maintain their high standards in the remaining games.

“I’m obviously pleased with the result and the effort, but I thought we had to be a lot more professional and a lot more clinical than we were today,” he said.

“We will just keep doing what we are doing and hope that someone slips up; it was Perth’s turn today so we have to keep winning games and hope someone gets a result off Inglewood.

“Inglewood have been a very good team and have been up there all year so credit to them, but that doesn’t mean were not going to keep pushing to win the title.

“We have a tough game against Mandurah next week, so all we can do is worry about ourselves, work hard and hope the result will come.”

Bayswater took the lead in the fourth minute when goalkeeper Michael Craggs made a poor clearance while he was outside of his own box.

The ball fell directly to Jukic who took a touch before firing from long distance and into the net.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute when a low cross was played to Gustavo Marulanda who found the back of the net.

Armadale halved the deficit early in the second half, when James Atkins squared the ball to Jordan Pavett, whose first time shot found the bottom corner.

The Army’s hopes of a comeback were short-lived, however, as Bayswater responded two minutes later.

Luka Ninkovic’s initial shot was parried by Craggs, but only as far as Marulanda, who was there to fire home his second.

Bayswater secured the three points when Sam dribbled into the box from the wing before unleashing a powerful effort beyond the goalkeeper.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly said a lack of depth and an inability to take chances were to blame for the defeat.

“In the last few weeks I think we have been creating a lot of chances,” he said.

“But the difference between being at the top of the ladder and the bottom comes down to working those opportunities into actual goals.

“We had a really good run of defensive performances at the start of the year, but unfortunately now we have been hit with some end of the season blues with injuries and suspensions.

“So I think our defensive woes come down to a lack of depth to finish as strongly as the first-half of the season.”

Bayswater City 4 (Jukic 4min, Marulanda 33, 58, Sam 71)

Armadale 1 (Pavett 56min)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Finance 365 Stadium

Kick-off: 3.00pm

Referee: Stuart Muldoon

Assistant Referees: Daniel Cole, Mitchell Barrington

Bayswater City: GK. Devon SPENCE, 2. Declan HARGREAVES (17. Bor Bor SAM 60′), 6.Todd HOWARTH, 8. Paul MCCARTHY, 9. Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA, 10. Jason MICRO (18.Brent GRIFFITHS 60′), 11. Devon GIBSON, 13.Trent KAY (C), 19. Luka NINKOVIC (4. Tristian COLLI 66′), 20. Sam MITCHINSON, 23. Andrija JUKIC

Substitutes not used: RGK. Dejan ALEKSIC, 12. David STOKOE

Yellow Cards: Gibson 51

Red Cards: Nil

Armadale: GK. Michael CRAGGS, 3. Jake SARDELIC, 4. Nathan COSTELLO (C), 7. Charlie KENNA, 8. Jordan PAVETT, 14. David ANNALL, 17. James ATKINS (12. Broden BROWN 65′), 18. Milan OGNJENOVIC, 19 Beau RAHIM (10. Herman ALOGNON 74′), 20. Ali GHOLAMI, 22. Anthony SKORICH (21. Dan CUMMINGS 80′)

Substitutes not used: RGK. Alec RADONICH, 6. Alex BOND

Yellow Cards: Atkins 51, Cummings 92

Red Cards: Nil

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