Bayswater City head to The Arena in Round 18

Bayswater City head to The Arena in Round 18

Posted on June 25, 2011 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup return home on Saturday, when Bayswater City travel to the ECU Arena  in round 18 of The All Flags Premier League (3pm) 

A hard fought 3-1 win at Cockburn City last week pleased coach Syd Amphlett and he hopes the side can continue on with it on Saturday. “I was delighted with last week’s win considering the injuries and suspensions we had. But both Luke Smith and Ryan Lowry stepped up and played their part in a great team performance,” said Amphlett.

“We are pleased to add another central defender in Marc Rodgers, who has joined us from UWA. This meant that this week we had 18 players training and at this stage of the season is a real positive and it also adds to the competition for places. Our aim is still the top 5 and with 4 home games and only 3 away, we have a great chance to make it happen.”

City head north after a stunning win at league leaders Balcatta last week and Amphlett knows it will be a tough game. “Bayswater had a great win on the road at Balcatta last week, but as I have said previously, this is a tough league and anyone can beat anyone, on their day, and this one will not be any different,” said Amphlett.

ECU will be missing skipper Dale McCulloch and defender Charlie Comyn-Platt through suspension, but with Scott Blackmore and Tommy Jones finding their feet and youngsters Luke Smith and Ryan Lowey impressing last week they will be looking to push for a top five spot.

Gustavo Marulanda’s double gave City the three points at Balcatta last week, and with keeper Gianni Papalia in good form and new signing John Kearney producing the goods Bayswater will hope to add to their three away victories this season.

The ECU reserves sits in second spot on the table and they take on the unbeaten and top of the table Bayswater City (1pm) Coach David Tough is looking forward to the big game. “Having seen Bayswater play a few times this season they have always impressed me with their work ethic and attacking play and are top of the league for a good reason,” said Tough.

“We‘ve put together a good run of eight games undefeated and we’re still undefeated at home so we hope to can keep this good run going. It’s a massive game for both teams but win or lose the league isn‘t going to be won today as there is still a lot of football to be played.”

The under 18’s start the day looking to consolidate third spot on the table, when they play Bayswater (11am)