The interest of the NPL WA clubs in this season’s FFA Cup came to an end tonight with Bayswater City and Floreat Athena exiting the competition at the national Round of 32 stage.
Floreat went out 4-3 at Adelaide Olympic while Bayswater were beaten 5-2 in Brisbane by Olympic FC.
The result which will sting came at VALO Football Centre, where Floreat looked on course for victory after Ludovic Boi’s opener and a pearler of a free-kick by skipper Dean Evans had them 2-0 up at the interval.
However, by 64 minutes Adelaide were ahead 3-2 thanks to a Fausto Erba double and a strike from Ioannis Simosis.
But Floreat were handed an unexpected boost when Erba collected a second yellow card for removing his shirt in his goal celebration following Adelaide’s third.
Six minutes later Floreat were level when Evans got his second. Unfortunately the Belt Up Cup winners were unable to go on despite having the extra man and it was Adelaide who snatched the all-important seventh goal when Simosis scored from the penalty spot.
Jack Glover of Olympic and Gordon Smith of Bayswater City challenge for the ball during the FFA Cup Round of 32 match between Olympic FC and Bayswater City FC at Perry Park on July 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
In contrast Bayswater can have no complaints about their result at Perry Park as Olympic striker Chris Lucas became the first player to score two hat-tricks in the competition.
Lucas, who scored an FFA Cup treble for Bentleigh Greens, opened the scoring midway through the half then teed up Alex Smith for a well-worked second.
Lucas grabbed another with an emphatically dispatched first half penalty, and tucked away a smart finish early in the second to put Olympic 4-0 up.
Nineteen-year-old winger Jez Lofthouse deservedly got his name on the scoresheet with a fifth on the hour mark.
With the game in the bag, Olympic took their foot off the gas and Gordon Smith and Brent Griffiths scored consolations for Bayswater.
Tonight’s results mean Sorrento are still the only NPL WA club to advance past this stage.