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Bayswater win Under 18 Top Four Cup

Report by Tommy Doleman

Conor McKee scored a goal in each half as Bayswater beat Perth Glory 3-0 in the McInerney Ford Under 18 Top Four Cup Final at Frank Drago Reserve.

The winger provided the key moment in a first half of few chances when he side-footed past goalkeeper Jacob Range after 27 minutes.

Glory had chances to hit back, but McKee struck again with quarter of an hour remaining before top scorer Ajak Riak netted the third in the final minutes.

It was sweet revenge for Bayswater, who missed out narrowly to Glory in the league.

Coach Gary Williams said: “It’s rewarding. We were disappointed to finish just short in the league, but we have come back by winning the cup and now the Top Four Cup.

“We are really pleased. There is only one game really where we haven’t delivered this year when we lost to Sorrento.

“We started in November and ever since then the kids have been great. We are very proud of them. They have bright futures and hopefully they stay on at our club and push into the 20s and then into the first team.”

The first half was tight with both goalkeepers having little to do, although Glory spent the majority of the opening 45 minutes in Bayswater’s half.

But City made the breakthrough when Harrison found McKee and the winger swept home under Range to give Bayswater the lead.

Jacob Muir couldn’t force home an equaliser with Glory’s best chance when the ball broke loose to him from six yards, as  the frustrated league winners went into half time trailing.

There was little to separate the sides after the break as Matthieu Fellaife tried his luck from range for Glory, while at the other end Riak was causing problems with his runs into the channel.

It was Bayswater who doubled their lead with 15 minutes to play as Range’s loose clearance went only as far as McKee, who finished brilliantly from distance into an empty net.

That was the wind taken out of Glory’s sails and Riak added a third with two minutes to play when he latched on to a long ball, outmuscled his marker and finished calmly to give Bayswater Top Four Cup success.

This was the second cup success for Bayswater Under 18s this season. In July they won the Belt Up Under 18 Cup when Riak scored the only goal in the final against Perth SC.

McInerney Ford Under 18 Top Four Cup Final

Bayswater City 3 (McKee 27 min, 73, Riak 88)
Perth Glory 0

Saturday, September 8
Frank Drago Reserve
Kick-off: 10am
Referee: Troy Malatesta

Bayswater City: 1. Jak MALONY, 2. Tyler GARNER, 3. Jake MELIA, 6. Dean KEZURER, 8. Conor MCKEE, 10. Ajak RIAK, 11. Jayden LAM, 13. Gyles DAVIES, 15. Hristijan JANKULOVSKI, 18. Daniel HARRISON (21. Carl DIAS 90′), 20. George NORTON (12. Freeman NYATSAMBO 89)
Substitutes: RGK: Jacob CAREY, 5. Oleg TARSHIN
Yellow cards: Garner 43, McKee 55, Jankulovski 58
Red cards: Nil

Perth Glory: 1. Jacob RANGE, 2. Joseph FORDE (17. Aiki TSUKAMOTO 68), 3. Ale CIRCATI, 5. Albert FULLARD, 6. Hamish VAN DIEKEN, 7. Danyel DE SOUZA, 9. Christian BELLADONNA, 10. Tyler VECCHIO (12. Matthieu FELLAIFE 52), 11. Oscar WRIGHT, 13. Jacob MUIR (18. Joseph HOBSON 55), 14. Aiden FORMSTON
Substitutes not used: 16. Jayden GORMAN, 20. Michael HODGSON
Yellow cards: Forde 34, Belladonna 78
Red cards: Nil