Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne hopes to prove any doubters wrong when his side takes on Perth SC in the McInerney Ford Top Four Cup Grand Final.
Having made it to Saturday’s showpiece with a 4-1 win against Inglewood United in the Major Semi-Final last weekend, Bayswater will host the Final at Finance 365 Stadium.
Coyne was delighted with his side’s strong finish to the PS4 NPLWA league season after a slow start to their campaign.
“People can say what they want from the outside but as a group we remained quietly confident that we would get there in the end,” the former Socceroos defender said.
“It was never going to be easy but we knew with the amount of home games we had in the last 13 we would be in with a chance and it proved that way.
“The fact we have been successful with this group in the past meant that they didn’t panic and just kept believing in the structures we have in place and have instilled in the group over a few years now.”
Coyne praised his fellow coaching staff and acknowledged Bayswater’s journey to the McInerney Top Four Cup Grand Final had been the result of a team effort.
“I’m very lucky to have the team that I have at Bayswater,” he said.
“We all see the game in a very similar way but we are not concerned about getting our point across to challenge each other and get the best outcome for the group.
“They are very different as personalities as well which gives a good balance to the playing and coaching group.” Coyne was in the stands on Wednesday night when Perth beat Inglewood 3-0 to make it to the Final. “We know it will be an extremely tough game against Perth on Saturday, so my boys will be under no illusion of what is required or expected of them,” he said.
Perth coach Ramon Falzon said his side will be doing all they can to win successive Top Four Cup Grand Finals after last season’s victory over Inglewood United.
“Bayswater have had the (mid) week off so they will have the advantage, but at this time of the season it’s going to come down to who wants it more on the day,” he said.
“It will go down to who has their tactics right, whose quality player will make a mark and who will take their chances. But we are looking forward to the game and we’ll be doing our best to bring the cup home to Dorrien Gardens.”
Perth have won the Premier League title on 21 occasions, and Falzon is hoping his players can make it 22 after a fantastic season.
“Winning the double (League and Top Four Cup) last year gave us confidence, and we’ve continued this season and have worked extremely hard,” he said.
“The second part of the season we’ve really played well and have been scoring goals, and I would like to see the lads be rewarded for all their hard work with a trophy.”
The U18 game between Inglewood United and Bayswater City kicks off at 10am, and Perth SC take on Cockburn City in the U20 Grand Final at 12.15pm.
MCINERNEY FORD TOP FOUR CUP FINAL FIXTURE:
Bayswater City v Perth SC
Saturday, September 9
Finance 365 Stadium