Bayswater City
Westfield FFA Cup
Venue: Western Australia Athletics Stadium
Melbourne Victory


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Bayswater City v Melbourne Victory

Venue: Western Australia Athletics Stadium, Perth

KO: 7.30pm (local) 9.30pm AEST


Managed by former Hyundai A-League defender Chris Coyne, Bayswater have assembled a mix of seasoned ex-pros and good young talent.

With Stirling Lions also in action this week, they are relishing the chance of having Western Australian NPL football in the spotlight.

Bayswater are currently leading the WA NPL by two points heading into next weekend’s final round against fourth-placed Sorrento FC.

They put one hand on the title – and warmed up for Victory – with a solid 3-0 win over Floreat on the weekend thanks to goals from David Heagney, Gustavo Giron Marulanda and Brian Farrell.

Coyne will rely on his ex-A-League stars to lead the way, including his brother Jamie Coyne, Todd Howarth, Sam Mitchinson and Devon Spence, as well as ex-Ipswich player Steve Burton.

Victory has looked impressive in their early pre-season hit-outs and are well-prepared for an assault on the inaugural FFA Cup.

The club sent assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny across the Nullabor to watch Bayswater last month to ensure they leave nothing to chance.

New signings Besart Berisha, Carl Valeri and Matthieu Delpierre could all make their competitive debuts for the club in this one.

Delpierre was among the scorers in Victory’s last match before Wednesday night, a 3-0 win over local NPL side Richmond SC.

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Victory v Bayswater City goals

Melbourne Victory were too strong for WA outfit Bayswater City recording a comfortable 2-0 win in the Westfield FFA Cup.

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Victory's comfortable Cup win

Melbourne Victory joined four other Hyundai A-League teams in the Westfield FFA Cup round of 16 after easing to a 2-0 win away to Bayswater City at the WA Athletics Stadium on Wednesday night.

The visitors dominated possession early in the game, going close to opening the scoring through Guilherme Finkler's free-kick and a Besart Berisha shot.

They were rewarded for their endeavours on 22 minutes, Kosta Barbarouses finishing off a slick passing move by slotting the ball beyond Bayswater goalkeeper Devon Spence.

Kevin Muscat's side put the result beyond doubt with 13 minutes to go, Besart Berisha setting up Archie Thompson to tuck the ball home from inside the area.

It was somewhat harsh on Bayswater, who acquitted themselves well and threatened Nathan Coe's goal from range on several occasions either side of half-time.

Melbourne Victory 2 (Barbarouses 22', Thompson 77')
Bayswater City 0