The insistence of match officials on having the balls pumped up extra hard may be ok for normal grass turf but on the artificial surface the ball took off like a rocket and the bounce was awesomely high, making control difficult for both teams. A little less air in the match balls may have made play a lot easier.
Waitakere were first to attack but Bays were on the scoreboard after only four minutes when Waitakere failed to clear properly after a goalmouth scramble and Leigh Kenyon was on hand to fire his shot through a forest of legs into the net.
With opening nerves settled, Bays started to pass the ball and an interchange involving Glen Forrest, Ryley Webster, Stu Bola and George Suri saw the ball go from one end of the pitch to the other without Waitakere touching it only for Kenyon to push his shot wide.
A similar movement in the 19th minute saw Webster slide a pass through to Bola who calmly rounded the keeper and slid the ball into an empty net to double the score.
Bays continued to dominate but desperate defending and poor finishing saw no addition to the score.
With six minutes remaining, Bola was again put through but this time the Waitakere keeper was wise to the move and successfully took the ball off him as he attempted to go round him again. Bola had the last laugh as a minute later he cut the ball back to Joe Bresnahan who from 20 metres smacked the ball into the top of the net to give bays a 3-0 halftime lead.
Bays continued to dominate the opening stanzas of the second half and Webster was centimetres shy of getting on the end of a Bresnahan cross. The evening dew was now starting to play a part with players from both teams finding difficulty in keeping their footing.
Wayward finishing prevented and addition to the score and Waitakere finally got a chance from a free kick. A 30 metre drive was heading for the top corner but Aidan Gwilt managed to get a hand to it and divert the shot around the post.
Waitakere came more into the game but spoilt many chances through wayward passing, kicking the ball far too long and making it easy for the Bays defence to clear. However with two minutes of normal time remaining, a defensive mix up involving Suri and Gwilt of the “yours, come, shit, sorry”, type enable Ash Solley to slip through and nod the ball into an empty net and give Waitakere a consolation goal.
In the end a comfortable win for Bays, but they should have won by a lot more.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Beguely, Hitchin, Kenyon (Hyde 75), Bresnahan, Webster, Bola (Morgan 75), Wasi (Peat 60)
Scorers: Kenyon 4, Bola 19, Bresnahan 40
Last Modified on 22/04/2010 11:19
A comfortable, yet unconvincing win, for East Coast Bays, under lights and on the artificial turf at North Harbour Stadium Domain, against a Waitakere side lacking in ideas although full of enthusiasm.