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Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne, Bayswater captain Trent Kay, Floreat Athena skipper Dean Evans and Floreat coach Garret McDuling with the Belt Up Cup.
Fasten your seatbelts for cup final cracker
Football West News
Floreat Athena captain Dean Evans won’t be bothering trying to get a psychological edge before Saturday’s Belt Up Cup Final against Bayswater City – he knows there is no point.
The teams are long-standing rivals and this year they have already produced two fascinating, if contrasting, clashes.
Floreat went to Bayswater’s Frank Drago Reserve home for the final of the NPL Night Series in front of over 3,000 fans in March. Although the game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, few there would deny Floreat were worthy winners.
However their meeting in the National Premier Leagues WA last month at Floreat’s E&D Litis Stadium saw Bayswater run out 4-1 victors.
Which means the outcome of this latest chapter at Dorrien Gardens is anybody’s guess. But Evans knows it won’t be for the faint-hearted.
“I think you know what you get with a Floreat-Baysie clash,” he said.
“It’s always tense, quite feisty and we expect nothing less. They gave us a good touch-up a few weeks ago so hopefully we can rectify that and we can come away with a result.”
Both go into the final in decent form. Floreat defeated Balcatta last week to go second in the NPL while Bayswater held league leaders Perth SC 1-1.
Bayswater captain Trent Kay said: “We defended very well and we’ll be looking to defend the same on Saturday. That will be key in the final.”
In reaching this showpiece, Floreat and Bayswater have qualified for the national stage of the FFA Cup.
The two clubs play away next Wednesday. Bayswater head to Brisbane to take on Olympic FC live on Fox Sports, while Floreat will play Adelaide Olympic.
But any excitement over a road trip has been put on the back-burner.
Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said: “This final is big enough on its own.
“I’m a huge fan of the cup at all levels. Having been a part of it in the UK it’s a great experience for the players and it’s something to look forward to.
“We’ve had a long-running rivalry with Floreat, they’ve always been one of the best clubs in the state.”
Floreat coach Garrett McDuling said: “I’ve just looked at the trophy with Coyney. There’s a rich history and both clubs feature on it quite heavily – it’ll be good to try to add to that.”
Bayswater booked their place in the final with a closely fought 1-0 win over Rockingham, while shoot-out specialists Floreat ousted Sorrento on penalties. Don’t be surprised if Saturday’s showdown goes all the way.
Saturday’s final kicks off at 3pm and is preceded by the Under 18s final between Bayswater and Sorrento (10am) and the Reserves final at 12.30pm between Perth Glory and Cockburn City.
All of Saturday’s games will be livestreamed on the Football West YouTube and Facebook pages.
The is the second successive year that the Insurance Commission of Western Australia have sponsored the State Cup with its Belt Up message.
Supporters who attend today’s games are reminded to wear seatbelts going to and from Dorrien Gardens.
Saturday, July 20
Belt Up Cup Final
Bayswater City v Floreat Athena (3pm)
Belt Up Reserves Cup Final
Perth Glory v Cockburn City (12.30pm)
Belt Up U18s Cup Final
Bayswater City v Sorrento (10am)