Bayswater City progressed to the McInerney Ford Top Four Cup final after a dominant 4-1 Major Semi-Final win over Inglewood United at Finance 365 Stadium on Saturday.
Two goals in two minutes from City’s Trent Kay and United’s Alex Salmon saw the scores locked at 1-1 at half time, before the hosts ran away with the win in the second half courtesy of goals to Todd Howarth, Gustavo Marulanda and Jason Mirco.
The match was somewhat marred deep into injury time when a scuffle broke out between the two sides, resulting in the dismissal of Inglewood’s golden boot winner Alex Salmon for violent conduct. Red cards were also given to Inglewood’s Kenny Keogh and Bayswater’s Devon Gibson.
The result sends Inglewood to the Semi-Final where they will face Perth SC, who defeated Sorrento 4-1 at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday in the Minor Preliminary Final.
Bayswater coach Chris Coyne, who last weekend led his side to their fourth league title in five years, said a player-driven approach was the key to his side’s successful run of form.
“We (management) can do as much as we want, we can work as hard as we want, but the players are the ones who go out there to earn the three points. If it’s not player driven, it doesn’t work, it falls down,” he said.
Coyne said a recovery session would likely be in order to prepare for next week’s grand final.
“I’ll have a chat to (club Physio) David Moala and see what he thinks is best, but potentially we will have a recovery session tomorrow and just train normally,” he said.
“We’re not going to change anything, it is just another game.
“Winning the league for me was the most pressurised one because you get the finals series, so now we can just go and enjoy it like we did today.”
Inglewood assistant coach Saul Contera said his side performed strongly for the first 50 minutes, but lost control after conceding the second goal.
“From 2-1 down we didn’t keep our discipline, which has been a good trait of ours this year,” he said.
“We were sort of our own worst enemy in the end.”
With Inglewood now having to take the hard road to the final, Contera said his side would be reassessing their options.
“We have got some guys on the bench that didn’t get a game today who will probably be in contention now to give us some freshness,” he said.
“We’ve only got one chance now, we’ve used up our lifeline so we’ve just got to go out there and try and win on Wednesday.”
Perth SC progressed to the McInerney Ford Top Four Cup Preliminary Final after their clinical 4-1 win against Sorrento, with Scottish midfielder Lewis Milne giving the home side the lead midway through the first half. Frank Furfaro doubled their lead on the stroke of half time.
Sorrento gave themselves a lifeline in first half stoppage time when Scottish striker George Hunter pulled one back, but second half goals from Nicholas Ambrogio and another from Furfaro gave Ramon Falzon’s side the win.
Falzon thought his side dominated for most of the game.
“I was really pleased with the way we played tonight except for the first 20 minutes,” he said.
“We created some good chances and got the two goal lead, which we had spoken about pre-game, but we stuffed it up in stoppage time.
“We have the best defensive record in the league this season, and we were determined not to concede another goal late.”
Falzon said his side will go into their match against Perth full of confidence.
“When we played them last time we were narrowly beaten, and we had ten men for the whole second half.”
“(Inglewood) have had a good season, but we will be doing all we can to get the win to seal a spot in the grand final.”
Bayswater City 4 (Kay 16min, Howarth 51, Marulanda 61, Mirco 84)
Inglewood United 1 (Salmon 18min)
Perth SC 4 (Milne 38min, Furfaro 44, Ambrogio 56, Furfaro 66)
Sorrento 1 (Hunter 45min)