ECB 6 Lynn Avon 0 played 20/03/2010 at Lynn Avon

East Coast Bays started the new season of the Lotto Northern Region Football League with an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Lynn Avon at Ken Maunder Park. It should have been 1-0 to Bays after 16 seconds as from the kick of Dan Peat broke down the right flank and squared the ball across finding Stu Bola unmarked in front of goal. Unfortunately Bola tried to side foot it and a weak shot was gratefully saved by the Lynn Avon keeper. The visitors quickly took control with Phil Edginton heading just wide after five minutes and the keeper parrying a Peat drive only for there being no one following up to take advantage. Just when the spectators were starting to become a little concerned, Lynn Avon failed to clear properly the ball fell to Leigh Kenyon, who spotted an opening in the defence and placed the ball through a gap into the corner of the net to give Bays their first goal of the new competition. Lynn Avon were struggling to get out of their own half as Bays applied the pressure. Peat was denied when his drive was well saved by the keeper and the same player made an other great run down the flank only to spoil it with a poor cross. The second goal came in the 25th minute with Kenyon the architect. Operating behind the attacking trio of Peat, Bola and Ryley Webster, he picked up a partly cleared ball, knocked it across to Joe Bresnahan who smacked it low into the bottom of the net from 24 metres through a disorganised defence. Bothe Glen Forrest on the right and Avi Estrin on the left were marauding forward from full back adding to the pressure and the latter’s long throws were giving Lynn Avon nightmares. Any time the Lynn Avon defence managed to clear the ball over half way it was quickly picked up by the centre back pairing of Jack Beguely and Edginton and the pressure was quickly reapplied. It was such pressure that led to the third goal. A poor back pass was latched on to by Peat who beat the keeper and placed the ball into an empty net to give bays a comfortable 3-0 half time lead. The pressure continued after the break with the midfield of Kenyon, Bresnahan and Cory Hitchen continuing to dominate their opposition. Goal number four came seven minutes into the half when a Kenyon corner eluded the Lynn Avon defence and Edginton looked almost embarrassed as he tapped the ball over the line. Three minutes later it was 5-0 when a Kenyon shot was only partly blocked and Webster, following up, bundled the ball into the net. A rare Lynn Avon foray saw them have their second attempt on goal to keep Aidan Gwilt on his toes. The best goal came in the 69th minute with a Forrest interception. The ball went to Kenyon who sent a through ball to Bola, who brushed off the attentions of a defender and picked his spot driving wide of the keeper into the top of the net. Coach Willy Gerdsen rang the changes with Mauri Wasi, Tom Davis and Dillon Barnett all getting a run and only desperate defending from Lynn Avon preventing the score from rising. A comprehensive win to give a great start to the season with a huge team effort being rewarded. Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Edginton, Estrin (Davis 71), Hitchin, Bresnahan, Kenyon, Peat, Bola (Barnett 79), Webster (Wasi 64) Scorers: Kenyon 12, Bresnahan 25, Peat 39, Edginton 52, Webster 55, Bola 69


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