Divided by a few metres on the UTAS Stadium touchline, opposing coaches Mark Rudan and Alen Stajcic were united in their post-match calls for Tasmania to play a bigger role in the A-League.
A crowd of 3203 watched the state's first A-League encounter in eight years as Western United defeated ladder leaders Central Coast Mariners 1-0.
Mariners coach Stajcic, who also led the Australian women's team for five years, echoed Rudan's calls for further A-League expansion.
"The more regional teams there are in the A-League the stronger our code's going to be," he said.
"For me, Tasmania, Wollongong, Canberra, North Queensland, Gold Coast are all areas that football needs to touch with the A-League so the sooner we get there the better it is for our code in terms of fan engagement but also more opportunities for players to play in the A-League as well.
"I've come here once before seven or eight years ago running a SAP (skills acquisition program) tournament here.
"I've been to Launceston a couple of times now, it's a beautiful little town and the pitch is immaculate."
United coach Rudan also felt the lack of their own A-League team was stifling the progress of Tasmanian talent.
"There's a lot of good young players here, girls and boys, who deserve a pathway to become a professional. It's too tough for them right now," he said.
"How long do the locals have to go without having a proper pathway and something to aim for?
"These kids deserve something better and I think we lose too much talent right across Australia.
"I remember my dad took me to the SCG to watch the Socceroos play. That was the moment I said 'I want to be a professional footballer'. I saw the crowd and I saw heroes and wanted to be like them.
"And we've got to do that for the kids here in Tasmania. They need something to hold on to. Hope's an amazing feeling but they need more than hope."
United are holding several fan engagement events during their week in Tasmania including a Saturday morning visit to the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association at Churchill Park and Rudan said he had seen plenty of evidence that the state was eager to embrace soccer.
"This morning there were something like 2000 young kids floating around from different football clubs. It's our job not just to market our club but give the local kids an opportunity to watch professionals in action.
"We've decided to put our hand up and come and grow the game and give the local Tasmanians something to enjoy. It gets forgotten a lot, this state but there's a lot of fantastic athletes to come out of this state. Give them an opportunity.
"We'll see a lot of green and black around the streets of Lawnie, is that what you call it?"
United will next take on Wellington Phoenix at UTAS Stadium on Thursday at 7.05pm.