Top-flight newcomers Subiaco are preparing to make life difficult for high-flying Bayswater City when the teams clash in Monday’s Cool Ridge Cup semi-final at the WA Athletics Stadium.
Subiaco have claimed just one point from their opening 10 National Premier Leagues WA matches, while Bayswater have a perfect record of 10 wins from as many starts.
But Subiaco have been buoyed by their cup progress and despite being clear underdogs have hopes of reaching the final, which will also earn a place in the final 32 of the new national Westfield FFA Cup.
Coach Gerry McEwan used Tuesday’s training session to discuss with his players a busy weekend, which includes a difficult NPL WA away game against ECU Joondalup tomorrow.
“There’s a lot to think about because we’ve got to get that (ECU) game out the way before we play Bayswater on the Monday,” McEwan told Football 360.
“But obviously it’s a huge game for all four teams in the semi-final.”
McEwan acknowledged the size of the task his side faced but was confident the Subiaco players would test Bayswater’s nerve.
“We’re going to concentrate on making life as difficult as possible for them,” he said. “We know that they don’t really have any weaknesses. We’re just going to have to go out there and give it our best shot, which we’ve done in every game.”
In Monday’s other semi-final, Dale McCulloch’s ECU will host Gary Williams’ Stirling Lions at the ECU Football Stadium.
Monday, June 2 - Cool Ridge Cup semi-finals: ECU Joondalup v Stirling Lions (ECU Football Stadium, 5pm); Subiaco v Bayswater City (WA Athletics Stadium, 6.30pm).
Tomorrow – NPL WA: Armadale v Stirling Lions (Alfred Skeet, 3pm); Perth v Cockburn City (Dorrien Gardens, 3pm); ECU Joondalup v Subiaco (ECU Sports Stadium, 3pm); Bayswater City v Sorrento (Frank Drago Reserve, 3pm); Balcatta v Floreat Athena (Grindleford Reserve, 3pm); Inglewood United v Perth Glory (Intiga Stadium, 3.15pm)