Former Perth Glory defender Chris Coyne continued his smooth transition into the coaching ranks with a victory in his first All Flags Premier League match yesterday.
Just 24 hours after his ex-Glory teammate Andy Todd was offering his sideline support to Armadale during their 5-1 hammering of Balcatta, Coyne was leading Bayswater City to a 2-1 win over rivals Perth at Dorrien Gardens.
But Bayswater, who won the Night Series title under Coyne’s guidance just over a week ago, had to do it the hard way after falling behind to Daniel Micevski’s 19th-minute goal.
The move from Bayswater to Perth of coach Mauro Marchione during the off-season had added an extra strand to the narrative but the twist in the tale was provided by Gustavo Giron Marulanda, who brought the visitors level when he found the net in the 71st minute.
Coyne’s State Premier League coaching debut ended with maximum points when just six minutes later Brian Farrell scored the winner.
At Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday, there was keen interest in former English Premier League defender Todd, who has signed for Armadale but was not cleared to play against Balcatta. Todd will also take on a coaching role with the club.
Coach Lee Bamber was adamant the former Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers defender’s appearance at training during the week and on the touchline on Saturday had brought the best out of his young side.
“Just having him around (made the team) look like they matured ten years,” Bamber said.
“He is a massive asset for the club. His experience is just invaluable. We know his best years are past him but just the experience he’s got and what he can pass on to our younger group … is just fantastic.”
A double each to Jack Salter and Ravi Kuppusamy and a thumping drive from Darren Francis saw off Balcatta, whose goal was scored from the penalty spot by Ashley Rosindale.
Balcatta played out the final 12 minutes with only 10 men after Ben Say was sent off.
At Macedonia Park, Anthony Lyons gave Stirling Lions the lead and former Glory midfielder Scott Bulloch doubled the advantage early in the second half to put the home side in a comfortable position.
But Cockburn substitute Nick Carroll pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 68th-minute to push the Lions to the wire.
At Intiga Stadium, Matt Danskin produced an equaliser to earn Inglewood United a 1-1 draw after Ian McMurray had given Floreat Athena the lead.Elsewhere, Tanner Selyer and Tommy Amphlett were on target in ECU Joondalup’s 2-0 win away to Bunbury Forum Force, and Steven McDonald came off the bench to score four goals in Sorrento’s 7-0 win over the Football West National Training Centre.
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