Tong earns Bayswater dramatic draw

Perth Soccer Club and Bayswater City both scored in second half stoppage time as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw in Round 16 of the NPL WA.

The league leaders thought they had exacted revenge on the visitors for their FFA Cup defeat in early June when Gustavo Catarcione finished a flowing move to break the deadlock at Dorrien Gardens.

But they were denied victory by Bayswater defender Adam Tong, who struck with less than a minute to play.

Despite the late concession and second-place Floreat beating Balcatta, Perth still sit eight points clear at the top of the league with six games to play.

For Bayswater, it was a handy point in massive fortnight for the club. They return to Dorrien Gardens next Saturday to face Floreat in the Belt Up Cup Final, closely followed by a trip to Brisbane to play Olympic FC in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

It was a surprisingly cagey showing from two sides who had notched 70 goals between them after the first 15 rounds.

In a low-key opening 45 minutes, Perth’s Michael Domfeh had more time in the area than he realised and elected to pass up an opportunity rather than shoot, before City’s Gustavo Marulanda stung the palms of Francis Soale.

The match came alive seven minutes into the second half after a coming-together between Ross Millard and Catarcione sparked fiery scenes, with both players booked and Bojan Radinovic also seeing yellow in the aftermath.

Catarcione had Perth’s best opportunity inside 90 minutes after a smart-turn and shot, which forced Devon Spence into a diving save, while at the other end Brent Griffiths blazed over after a mazy run from Daryl Nicol.

It looked destined to finish goalless until Catarcione wriggled away from his marker on the halfway line, found substitute Frank Furfaro, received a return pass and coolly slotted under an on-rushing Spence.

The home fans thought they had it won, but there was still time for Bayswater who piled forward and won a corner after Ryan Pearson’s drive deflected a fraction wide of the post.

From the set-piece, Griffiths headed back across the box and Tong poked home a decisive goal against Perth for the second time this year to earn his side a point.

Star Player: Adam Tong (Bayswater City)

Perth SC 1 (Catarcione 90+1min)
Bayswater City 1 (Tong 90+3)

Saturday 13 July, 2019
Dorrien Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Michal Jasinski
Assistant referees: Stewart Beattie, Alexander Wright

Perth SC: GK: Francis SOALE, 2. Alex SILLA, 3. Andreas THEODOSIADES (7. Aleks JOVIC 71) 4. Tom SOUTHGATE, 6. Harley ORR, 9. Gustavo CATARCIONE, 11. Matt MILENKOVIC, 14. Kristian SANTICH, 16. Kieran COLWELL, 18. Michael DOMFEH (17. Frank FURFARO 86), 19. Bojan RADINOVIC
Unused substitutes: RGK: Dejan ALEKSIC, 12. Jordan DE LEO, 20. Paul ZIMARINO
Yellow cards: Catarcione 52, Radinovic 55
Red cards: Nil

Bayswater City: GK: Devon SPENCE, 9. Gustavo MARULANDA (14. Sean MCMANUS 61) 10. Jason MIRCO (11. Ryan PEARSON 66), 12. Steve HESKETH, 13. Trent KAY, 17. Daryl NICOL, 18. Brent GRIFFITHS, 19. Gordon SMITH (24. Jake SARDELIC 83), 20. Giordano COLLI, 27. Ross MILLARD, 30. Adam TONG
Unused substitutes: 5. Adam HARRIS, 6. Todd HOWARTH
Yellow cards: Griffiths 33, Colli 45, Millard 52
Red cards: Nil

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