Still without Spencer Harris, Bobby Wilson and Mark Walsh, Floreat managed to be 3-1 up after 70 minutes before the momentum turned on a penalty decision that Bayswater coach Chris Coyne admitted his side was fortunate to get.
Bayswater had taken the lead after 15 minutes when Brian Farrell combined well with Gustavo Catarcione on the left wing.
The old cliche of being most vulnerable soon after scoring proved to be correct, as poor concentration from a corner allowed Athena’s David Heagney to equalise only two minutes later.
Ian McMurray gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes later when he managed to prod home from a Francisco Jorquera cross before the first moment of controversy |happened.
After a goal mouth scramble, McMurray’s goal-bound effort seemed to strike the hands of City defender Patrick Quinn, whose hands were clearly in an unnatural position.
It looked a certain penalty to the Floreat fans, but match referee Joe Fusari thought otherwise.
At 2-1 down, Coyne reacted by replacing the injured Brian Farrell for the mercurial Gustavo Giron Marulanda, only to see his side concede a third.
Heagney claimed his second, when he twisted and turned before sending the away support into raptures with his strike into the roof of the net.
Despite an onslaught of pressure, it was the referee Fusari’s decision to give a penalty, much to the frustration of Barbas, for what seemed an innocuous challenge on Steve Burton.
Marulanda stroked home the penalty before his namesake Catarcione equalised with what must already be the goal of the season.
The striker allowed the ball across his body before sending home a spinning volley.
With one minute left to play, the game was settled when Marulanda rounded an overworked Brad Eiffe after being |played in by substitute Damian Catalano, much to the delight of a greyer but happy Coyne.
‘We keep going behind, or we keep doing silly things,’ Coyne said.
‘But we keep coming back and it showed a tremendous amount of character to rein a result in against a team that pretty much had nothing to lose and came at us all guns blazing today.
‘Bayswater City SC 4 (Farrell 15′, Giron Marulanda 73′ pen, 89′, Catarcione 82’)
Floreat Athena 3 (Heagney 17′ and 65′, McMurray 27′).
– A brilliant early save by Stirling keeper Aleks Vrteski helped his side get away with a nil-all draw in the local derby against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve.