Bayswater City returned to the winner’s circle in the National Premier Leagues WA after a 2-0 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Oval.
Both sides struggled in the first half with chances few and far between, but it was the visitors who were ahead 10 minutes after the break. David Heagney found space in the penalty area and finished clinically past the outstretched hand of Armadale keeper Matthew Gould.
Armadale looked to hit back immediately and striker Faustinho Machochi was denied by keeper Devon Spence moments later, while the Bayswater custodian then pulled off a stunning save from Sam Loveless’ long-range shot.
And the home side were left to rue their profligacy when Bayswater doubled their advantage 11 minutes from time as Todd Howarth rose highest to head home from a corner.
Bayswater assistant coach Stewart Moses was happy with his side’s composure and the depth of his squad after playing their third game in a week.
“A win’s a win and Armadale's a hard place coming to. Tonight we’re just happy to get the three points,” Moses said. “I thought the boys controlled the game well and I thought we executed our goals well.
"We just said to be calm and keep moving the ball and it opened up for us with the two goals.
“We’ve got a rotation system at the moment with the players and when they do step in they do a job for us.”
Perth SC kept in touch of the league leaders after a 3-1 win against Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens in the inaugural Gareth Naven Cup.
Joe Knowles gave the Glory youngsters a surprise lead after only 13 minutes, after he seized on an error from Perth keeper Francis Soale.
But the home side were level on the half hour, Ashley Rosindale finding space in the penalty area to fire past Fraser Greenwood.
The points were wrapped up in the second half when Aden da Luz finished a Rosindale cross, before debutant Matt Milenkovic capped of a good performance by adding the third.
Meanwhile Balcatta stunned Sorrento 5-0 at Grindleford Reserve. Alex Caniglia put the home side in front in the first minute, and Sorrento had defender Danny Cain sent off on the stroke of time.
The home side made their numerical advantage count after half-time, new signing Lawrence Shuruma, who joined from the Perth Glory in the week, scoring a brace on his debut, with Kieron Stallard and Carlo Coelho adding the others.
In other games Stirling Lions had to come from behind to beat bottom of the table Subiaco AFC at Macedonia Park.
Former Lion Josh Booysen put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes, but David Micevski and Hayden Doyle had the home side in front at the break, with Micevski added a third in the 90th minute.
ECU Joondalup put their Cool Ridge Cup semi-final defeat behind them to beat Cockburn City 3-1 at Dalmatinac Park.
The visitors rushed to a two-goal lead in the opening 10 minutes with a brace from winger Danny Dixon. Liam Murray pulled one back for Cockburn on 51 minutes, but the points were made safe three minutes later when Joondalup skipper John Higgins fired home.