Coyne earns third Australian cap

COLCHESTER United club skipper Chris Coyne earned his third international cap for Australia on Saturday.Ex-Luton centre-half Coyne, who moved to the U's for £350,000 in January, followed up his recent caps against Iraq and South Africa with another outing against Holland in Eindhoven.

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COLCHESTER United club skipper Chris Coyne earned his third international cap for Australia on Saturday.

Ex-Luton centre-half Coyne, who moved to the U's for £350,000 in January, followed up his recent caps against Iraq and South Africa with another outing against Holland in Eindhoven.

Coyne played the first 70 minutes in the Socceroos impressive 2-1 win over the Dutch in this friendly fixture. The hosts had keeper Maarten Stekelenburg sent off just before half-time.


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Ex-Colchester attacker Richard Garcia, who has been enjoying life in the Premiership at Hull City this season, also earned his second cap for Australia. Garcia came on as a substitute in the second-half.

Harry Kewell netted the equaliser from the penalty spot for Australia, before Josh Kennedy headed the winner. The Socceroos face Uzbekistan in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, the U's face another trip to Gillingham after Geraint Williams' men were drawn away to the Kent club in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Saturday.

Matt Heath scored the winner for the U's at Priestfield last month, in the 1-0 win over the Gills in a Carling Cup first round tie. Now they will be returning to Priestfield for a game that will be scheduled during the week beginning October 6.

United progressed through round one, thanks to a 1-0 win at Millwall last Tuesday. Midfielder David Perkins scored the winner on his full debut.

The U's were not action over the weekend, because opponents Leicester City had three players on international duty, and so successfully had the match postponed. The Foxes will visit the Community Stadium on Tuesday, September 30 instead.

Results elsewhere in League One meant that the U's dropped to 16th in the table.

Their next fixture is at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

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