The club will be continuing its protest over the way in which the transfer was granted and will demand answers from the US1 board.
But back to the game. Again Bays were fast out of the blocks and opened by forcing a series of corners which were scrambled clear. Takapuna keeper, Brendon Kavanagh saved well at the feet of Dan Peat following a Leigh Kenyon cross, but he had no chance minutes later when another Bays attack saw Peat get the ball, accelerate past the defence and open the scoring with a trademark ‘in off the upright’ shot.
Bays continued to press and Kavanagh just got to a looping shot from peat to tip it over the bar in the 15th minute.
Two minutes later the lead was doubled as a fine pass from Kenyon found Stu Bola on the right flank. He beat his marker, Godwin Darkwa, crossed the ball, which found Ryley Webster, steaming in on the far post and he rammed the ball into the net from close range.
It should have been 3-0 minutes later, A Peat drive rebounded off the upright, Mauri Wasi scored from the rebound but was given offside from a dubious call.
Takapuna were being pummelled and struggled to get the ball out of their half. Goal number three came just before the half hour when Peat was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Kenyon took the freekick which eluded everyone in the goalmouth apart from Buhagiar, who deflected it into his own net.
Bays continued their domination with George Suri firing just over and Cory Hitchen and Webster being denied by the defence. Bola was also denied by Darkwa right on the stroke of half time.
The second half was nine minutes old when Bays went further ahead. A long throw from Suri to the far post was back headed by Wasi and Phil Edginton drove the ball into the top of the net.
Just past the hour, a probing cross by Glen Forrest found Bola’s head. The header bet the keeper but was cleared off the goal line.
Three games in a week was starting to produce some weary legs and Takapuna were able to assert themselves a little more. Layton O’Rourke was just wide with a header and Peat had another shot saved by Kavanagh.
Aidan Gwilt who had little to do up to this point had to make a great save to deny Barry Donachie with a quarter hour remaining. Play continued to see saw from end to end for the remainder of the game although Peat made a great run in stoppage time only to spoil it with an awful finish.
Another good result and great team performance, with Suri and Edginton dominant in defence, Kenyon pulling the strings in midfield and Wasi, Bola and Peat creating havoc up front.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Beguely, Hitchin (Hyde 79), Kenyon, Webster, Wasi (Davis 90), Bola (Barnett 85), Peat
Scorers: Peat 7, Webster 17, og 29, Edginton 53
Last Modified on 29/03/2010 10:22
Michael Buhagiar's transfer, controversially approved by the US1 Fixtures Manager over the objections of the club less than 24 hours before the game, was all that was needed to fire up the Bays side, especially when Buhagiar took the field. As a result they took Takapuna apart in the first half.