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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Joe Bresnahan played his 100th game for the Premiers when he took the field against Three Kings.
Unavailability and injuries necessitated changes to the starting line up and for the first time the forward line failed to fire on a bumpy Keith Hay Park pitch.
Injury saw both Stu Bola and Dan Peat relegated to the bench, with Nick Hyde grafted in as a makeshift striker and Dan Morgan, back from Auckland City, starting for the first time this season. It was Morgan who had the first chance of the game after being put through in the seventh minute but his strike was just wide.
Three Kings were defensively making it difficult for the Bays strike force to gain any traction and the Bays defence was comfortably coping with anything the home side could throw at it. Jack Beguely foiled a Luiz Del Monte attack while at the other end a great cross from Morgan was too good for both the defence and Hyde.
Bays started to dominate just before the half hour and it was only the reflexes of Three Kings keeper Chris Marsh, who prevented Bays from taking the lead after Morgan had made a great run down the right flank and cut the ball back to Hyde. His shot was heading for the corner of the net but somehow Marsh got a hand to it and diverted the shot for a corner.
Marsh was in action just before the break to deny Leigh Kenyon and Bays squandered a great chance just minutes later when Beguely broke out of defence passed to Morgan, who should have done better with his shot instead of putting it wide.
The start of the second half saw Mauri Wasi put through with only the keeper to beat, but his shot selection allowed Marsh to beat the ball clear.
Ten minutes into the half, Del Monte was put through, the linesman’s flag stayed down, and he was free with only the keeper to beat but John Fletcher came out and plucked the ball off Del Monte’s foot to prevent a goal. Two minutes later Fletcher was again in action, pulling off a great one-handed save to deny a Joel Mathews drive as Three Kings enjoyed a period of supremacy.
Changes were made, Peat missed an open goal from a Wasi cross, but there were no further chances given either team in the closing minutes and the game ended in a stalemate. For Bays, Jack Beguely was outstanding at centre back, but it was one of those days where things just didn’t go right.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Edgington, Beguely, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchen (Webster 72), Bresnahan, Morgan, Hyde (Peat 61), Wasi (Bola 72)