High flying Stirling Lions take on champions Bayswater City in a massive round of PlayStation 4 NPL WA matches this weekend.
Stirling Lions striker Robert Petkov is determined to make an impact on the PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues WA competition after his flying start to the new local soccer campaign.
The 21-year-old, who was top scorer in the reserves competition two seasons ago, scored four goals in the recent QBE Night Series pre-season competition and hit a double in last weekend’s 7-1 thrashing of Subiaco.
It was quite a start to the season for the Lions, who will face fired-up PS4 NPLWA champions Bayswater City at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday (March 26) at Macedonia Park.
Bayswater twice trailed against Perth Glory in their season opener before winning 4-3, thanks to a four-goal haul from Gustavo Giron Marulanda.
But Petkov says Stirling, who lost to Bayswater 1-0 in the Night Series final, have plenty of confidence after their smashing of Subiaco.
“We’ve got to learn from the Night Series,” he said. “Putting them under pressure is the key. They’ve been the best team in the last few seasons by far and they are used to
dominating. We have to take the game to them and show that we can win.”
Stirling coach Rob Milevski, who coached Petkovic during his reserve-team football schooling, said Petkov was developing into a senior player of great potential.
“He grew up scoring a lot of goals and always wanted to be on the ball and involved in everything,” Milevski said. “He’s got good ability to take on players, good touch and good
“He’s become physically a lot stronger and he’s worked hard in training. He’s also matured as a player because he’s on the park with experienced players.”
Milevski also knows that anything less than Stirling’s very best from every player is likely to be punished by Bayswater.
“Most people thought they were down and out when they were 3-1 down against Glory but they came back,” Milevski said. “They are very hard to beat. We’ll have to be at our
best over 90 minutes. We’ll have to start well and not hold back.”
PS4 NPL WA ROUND 2 FIXTURES
Saturday, March 26
Perth SC v Subiaco (Dorrien Gardens, 3pm)
Perth Glory v Cockburn City (Ashfield Arena, 3pm)
ECU Joondalup v Armadale (ECU Football Stadium, 3pm)
Balcatta v Inglewood United (Grindleford Reserve, 3pm)
Stirling Lions v Bayswater City (Macedonia Park, 3pm)Floreat Athena v Sorrento (E&D Litis Stadium, 7pm)