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Bayswater's Trent Kay, right, shows his delight as his side go 3-2 up. Photo by FotoEnzo

Bayswater comeback stuns Cockburn

Report by Ryan Borrett

Bayswater City completed a brilliant second half comeback to send Cockburn City crashing out of the FFA Cup at Frank Drago Reserve.

Cockburn were leading 2-0 with under 25 minutes to play and on course for a place in the regional quarter-finals.

But Chris Coyne’s side, who themselves surrendered a two-goal advantage last week, turned the tie on its head with three goals in 12 minutes to book their passage into Round Six.


Substitute Hayden Stevens’ goal late in the first half had put Cockburn in front and when Daniel Robinson doubled his side’s lead with just over half an hour to play, the Cockerels were crowing.

But the tide started to turn when Bayswater were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute which Daryl Nicol converted. And two minutes later Nicol’s long-standing strike partner Gordon Smith conjured up an equaliser.

Bayswater suddenly had ther tails up and they completed a fabulous turnaround soon after when a cross into the box came off Cockburn defender Stevens and went into his own net.

Cockburn sent extra men forward in the dying minutes to try to salvage the result but Bayswater’s composure saw them through to the final whistle.

After a fairly quiet first half with few chances, Stevens came off the bench for the injured Euen Grant and gave the Cockerels the lead in the 43rd minute with a far post finish from David Araya’s corner.

Robinson made it 2-0 in the 59th minute after an excellent run through the middle. He found Ryan Pratt, who cut it back for Robinson to finish from close range.

Bayswater were in deep trouble and straight after Cockburn’s second goal they threw on Gustavo Marulanda to add a new dimension to their attack.

The fightback started when Kenny Keogh was brought down in the box in the 67th minute and the referee pointed to the spot. Nicol put away the penalty and two minutes later the scores were level as Smith found space in the box to score.

Bayswater suddenly had the momentum and the unlucky Stevens provided the home fans with the moment they were after when he diverted the ball into his own net.

Star player: Daryl Nicol (Bayswater City)

Bayswater City 3 (Nicol pen 67min, Smith 69, Stevens og 79)
Cockburn City 2 (Stevens 43, Robinson 59)

Saturday, May 18
Frank Drago Reserve
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Matthew Southern
Assistant referees: Arvin Shanmuganathan, Simon Hicks

Bayswater City: 1. Devon SPENCE, 3. Jack ALLEN (2. Declan HARGREAVES 85), 5. Adam HARRIS, 10. Jason MIRCO, 11. Ryan PEARSON, 13. Trent KAY, 17. Daryl NICOL, 19. Gordon SMITH, 20. Giordano COLLI 9. Gustavo MARULANDA 59), 21. Kenny KEOGH (30. Adam TONG 77), 27. Ross MILLARD
Substitutes not used: 22. Shaydon PASSALAQUA, 25. Sam REILLY
Yellow cards: Smith 15
Red cards: Nil

Cockburn City: 1. Luke RADONICH (2. Ben RADONICH 57), 4. Euen GRANT (14. Hayden STEVENS 35), 5. Julian TELES, 6. Ruben TRISTAO, 10. David ARAYA, 12. Ryan PRATT, 15. Daniel SANTICH, 16. Daniel ROBINSON, 17. Devon GIBSON, 19. Hasani SINCLAIR, 23. Riley WOODCOCK (9. Tonci SKORICH 80)
Substitutes not used: 3. Daniel DOLS, 18. Adam ANFUSO
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil