Bayswater spot on for the points

Bayswater spot on for the points

Posted on July 11, 2014 in 'Reports'

National Premier League-WA leaders Bayswater City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win against a gutsy ECU Joondalup at the ECU Arena.  There were chances at both ends to win the points, but a late disputed penalty gave City all three points. Photo by Vince Caratozzolo

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch thought they deserved a draw, and was disappointed with the penalty.

“It wasn’t a penalty,” McCulloch said. “I’ll say it straight, it wasn’t a penalty. “Everyone on the sidelines could see it, coaches could see it. The boy has dived, and if we keep encouraging that, diving’s never going to get out of the game. “Don’t get me wrong, we were under a lot of pressure for long periods of the game, but we really stuck tight and most of their chances were from outside the box. “I’m really upset for that decision to change a game.”

It was a spirited first-half performance from Bayswater but ECU held firm, largely thanks to the stellar performance of veteran keeper Andy Banks. He made a string of impressive saves, including a one-handed stop to prevent Gustavo Marulanda from scoring on 10 minutes.

Banks was beaten moments later but Marulanda shot was cleared off the line by Ryan Lowry and the handball claims from Bayswater was dismissed by referee David Bruce, who was well placed to see.

ECU was still in the game and almost went close to the opener on the quarter hour. A great move ended with an acrobatically overhead kick from Tommy Amphlett, which beat Devon Spence but crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.

Former Bayswater winger Danny Dixon was causing the City defence all sorts of problems, and on 37 minutes his run and long-range shot curled past the fingertips of Spence, but crashed off the inside of the post.

It was an even second half with chances at both ends, but with both defences on top it looked like the points would be shared, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 73rd minute. The lively Hassan El Yassiri had come off the bench on the hour, raced into the penalty and fell under the challenge of Lowry, and Bruce pointed straight to the spot, to the amazement of the ECU players and coaching staff.  Burton stepped and converted the penalty to give the leaders the lead.

The visitors almost doubled their advantage three minutes later, Todd Howarth goal was disallowed due to an infringement by another Bayswater player in the penalty area.

ECU pressed late, and City had their backs to wall, but with Adam Bachiller and Andy Reale outstanding at the back they couldn’t find the equaliser.

Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said a strong defence has been integral to their campaign this season. “I was a defender myself for so long so I hate it when the boys concede goals,” he said. “But you can see how much it meant to them today to have won. It’s pleasing as a coach as you miss that camaraderie and celebration in the dressing room.”

ECU Joondalup 0

Bayswater City 1 (Burton( Pen) 74’)

Saturday 5 July, 2014

ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, Joondalup

Kick-off: 3.00pm

Referee: David Bruce

Assistant referees: Gary Frost, Cameron Wright.

Crowd: 300 (approx)

ECU Joondalup – GK Andy BANKS, 2 Ryan LOWRY, 3 Jon HIGGINS, 4 Charlie COMYN-PLATT, 5 Carl RODGERS, 7 Henry DURR, (12 Dejan SPASESKI 78’), 8 Joe SMITH, (16 Ryan McDARBY 53’), 9 David FOSTER, (19 Stuart MONTGOMERY 58’),  10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Danny DIXON, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT – Subs not used – RGK Jamie SERRA, 15 William BISSETT

Yellow Cards: Joe SMITH 20’

Bayswater City – GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 3 Adam BACHILLER, 5 Andy REALE, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 9 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA, (17 Sahr MUSA 87’),  12 Steve BURTON, 13 Trent KAY, (8 Paul McCARTHY 21’), 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie COYNE, 21 David HEAGNEY, (7 Hassan EL YASSIRI 57’) – Subs not used: RGK Joel DRISCOLL, 14 Aaron DELANEY

Yellow cards: Todd HOWARTH 91’

Red cards: Nil