Perth Glory have been beaten 1-5 by PS4NPLWA Champions and current leaders Bayswater City, in week 12 at the Ashfield Arena.
Bayswater were clinical in front of goal, and that was the difference on the day, with Glory having plenty of possession but struggling in the final third.
Glory Coach John Gibson said they were given a lesson in finishing today, but said the scoreline didn’t reflect the team’s performance.
“We performed well against a quality and experienced Bayswater team, who on the day with the opportunities that they were presented with, were clinical and ruthless,” he said.
“Conversely, we created numerous good chances and failed to convert, but there were many positives from today and the performance, but we simply need to be better in both boxes.
“The group is really hurting about the outcome - our focus is process driven - with now the smallest of details making a huge impact on our performance. Recovery is our primary concern the next few day before we play Floreat on Tuesday night.
“We’ve spoke at length this season about our expectations, and that consistent message hasn’t changed.
“We have a tight group, who are always maxing themselves and we will go into Tuesday game always positive and confident looking to be the best we can.”
Bayswater sprung out of the blocks early, and skipper Jordan Thurtell had to be alert on eight minutes to save superbly to deny Alex Salmon’s cheeky back heel.
Their early pressure was rewarded with the lead four minutes later. Sam Mitchinson made space down the left and crossed to Jason Mirco who headed home.
Glory settled and Gian Albano tried his luck from long-range put his shot was saved by former Glory keeper Devon Spence.
It was the best period of the match for the Glory youngsters and they had Bayswater on the back foot and Joe Knowles’ shot from the edge of the penalty area on 25 minutes was tipped over the top by Spence.
But sixty seconds later Bayswater doubled their advantage. A quick counter attack ended with Salmon, and the English striker, signed from Armadale in the transfer window, fired home from close-range.
Spence then deny the Glory twice before the break. First Daniel Stynes played a one-two with Nikola Talimdzioski, whose shot was superbly saved by the Glory custodian. Before he denied Knowles, who was set up by Albano.
The visitors added to their lead seven minutes into the second half, Salmon picking out Mitchinson who finished with aplomb.
They added a fourth on the hour, another quick counter attack by Devon Gibson, ended with the defender slipping the ball into Salmon who made no mistake.
To the Glory youngsters’ credit they continued to press forward and Ben Johns headed straight at Spence, and their endeavors were rewarded with a goal on 77 minutes.
Talimdzioski was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and the youngster picked himself up score from the resulting free kick.
Glory went close to a second three minutes later, Albano raced down the right and his cross deflected into the path of Talimdzioski, but Spence was out quick to save.
Then two minutes from time and against the run of play Bayswater added a fifth. Mirco lost his marker in the penalty area and finished low past Thurtell from a tight angle.
The Glory are back in action on Tuesday evening when they play their Round nine catch up game against Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium. The under 20’s kick off at 6pm, with the first team at 8pm.
Perth Glory 1 (Talimdzioski 77’)
Bayswater City 5 (Micro 12’, 88’, Salmon 26’, 59’, Mitchinson 52’)
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Referee: Stuart Muldoon
Assistant Referees: Shane Skinner, Callum Haddow
Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Gian ALBANO, 3 Jack IREDALE (12 Ben JOHNS 60’), 4 Yacoub MUSTAFA (13 Jack LEACH 60’), 5 Ross MILLARD, 6 Cal WHITNEY, 7 Sean TROUP (15 Sam POLLARD 74’), 8 Dejan SPASPESKI, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Daniel STYNES, 11 Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI
Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 14 Joseph MARINO
Yellow cards: Talimdzioski 45’
Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 5 Andrew REALE, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 10 Jason MIRCO, 11 Devon GIBSON, 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie COYNE, 19 Alex SALMON (13 Trent KAY 85’), 20 Samuel MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (23 Andrija JUKIC 69’), 22 Nathan COSTELLO (14 Lawrence SHURUMA 50’)
Subs not used: RGK Fraser GREENWOOD, 24 David STOKOE
Yellow cards: Mitchinson 45’, Coyne 76’, Reale 78’