The first half was decidedly average with far too much ball being given away and poor passing and shooting spoiling any chance of goal scoring. The half time score of 0-0 was appropriate and Melville were probably the better side at that stage.
After a talking to during the break by coach Willy Gerdsen, it was a different Bays team that emerged and they quickly took the game to Melville. A free kick from Leigh Kenyon was just wide in the early minutes and just on the hour, a Kenyon corner curved dangerously goal ward and was saved on the line by Melville’s keeper Ally Houston at the feet of George Suri and Stu Bola.
Up front for Melville, their dangerous striker Steven Holloway was being well contained by Suri and Phil Edginton.
A great through' ball by Kenyon put Glen Forrest clear but he miskicked at the vital moment as the ball bobbled.
Bays won a free kick some 30 metres out in the 69th minute. Dan Morgan whipped the ball in to the box where Suri got down low to head the ball past the keeper some 15 centimetres from ground level.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Bays mounted another attack down the left involving Ryan Zoghby, Kenyon, Joe Bresnahan, Bola, Morgan, Suri and Mauri Wasi. They cut through the Melville defence and Wasi finished off from close range.
In the last twenty minutes Melville tried hard to get back into the game but the Bays defence was determined not to concede and denied them any consolation.
To dig up an old cliché – 'a game of two halves' – the first very poor and the second a vast improvement.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Beguely (Zoghby 63), Hitchin, Kenyon, Bresnahan, Peat (Wasi 63), Bola, Morgan (Webster 77).
Scorers: Suri 69, Wasi 72
Last Modified on 25/04/2010 09:53
A two goal burst in the space of three minutes gave East Coast Bays the points in a tough game against Melville United and kept them in top place of the Lotto Northern Region Premier Football League.