Bays won the toss and took advantage of the wind in a fast-paced opening to the game between the two front runners in the competition and after the first ten minutes of settling down, Bays battered the Metro goal but were denied by some poor finishing, brave defending and an outstanding display by the Metro custodian, Andy Ralph.
Over the course of 34 minutes he denied Mauri Wasi (twice), George Suri, Cory Hitchen, Stu Bola and Jack Beguely as well as forcing Dan Peat wide by rushing him as he came storming through.
Bays has the ball in the back of the net after 25 minutes but it was rightly ruled offside.
With nothing on the scoreboard at the break, it was Metro’s turn to have the wind but they relied too much on long balls from the keeper with the accompanying chase and these were easily dealt with by the Bays defence who allowed only one shot on goal.
Bays like playing into the wind and Ralph was called upon to make a smart save from a Dan Morgan-Howell free kick. The best chance of the game fell to Peat after 64 minutes when he met a Bola cross right in front of goal and unmarked only to put his shot over the bar.
Five minutes later after a great run down the left flank, Peat was again denied when Ralph saved his shot right on the line.
Hitchen was also denied when his drive was blocked by the Metro defence.
The stalemate continued until the final whistle.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest Suri, Edginton, Beguely ( Zoghby 71), Kenyon, Hitchen, Webster, Peat (Bresnahan 90), Bola, Wasi (Morgan-Howell 50)
Last Modified on 03/05/2010 12:04
A strong gusty southerly dominated the game, favouring the team that had it at their backs.