Bayswater City continued their remarkable run of success by securing a second straight Cool Ridge Cup with a 2-0 win over Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park yesterday.
Stand-in captain Steve Burton and former Perth Glory midfielder Todd Howarth both found the net in the first half to give Bayswater the win.
“I was up front on my own today, as we tinkered with our formation slightly," said Burton, who received the Stan Lazaridis Medal as man of the match.
"I was given the captain's armband (in the absence of Trent Kay) and you have to lead by example.”
Bayswater won three of a possible four trophies last season and the pre-season Night Series title this year.
Sitting on top of the National Premier League WA table, Bayswater are in prime position to add to their list of honours later this year.
“I’m really pleased, the emotion will kick in a little later but I’m really proud of the whole club, the backroom staff and players," Bayswater coach Chris Coyne said.
"We hadn’t been in great form of late, but I know someone was going to cop it and when we got two goals early I thought, 'here we go'. If our decision making had been a little better, I think we could have scored another three or four."
A minute's silence was observed before the game as a mark of respect for the victims killed by the shooting down of the MH17 plane over Ukraine.