The home side were making much of their injury list but Bays had Leigh Kenyon, Stu Bola and Mauri Wasi all benched due to injury. Andrew Bennett was drafted in from the Reserves to make up the bench.
Madills Farm was a paddock, in poor condition, with the newly renovated part still sectioned off and not yet ready for play.
It was the visitors applying the pressure right from the kick off and Bays were on the scoresheet within four minutes. Suburbs failed to clear the ball properly, it was mis-kicked in front of goal, and Jack Beguely was on hand to force the ball over the line.
Suburbs were finding it difficult to get the ball out of their own half and had great trouble dealing with the long throws from Ryan Zoghby and George Suri. A Dan Morgan-Howell cross was cleared off the line in the 24th minute and three minutes later the same player latched on to a huge punt by keeper John Fletcher, took off down the left wing only to see his shot turned behind for a corner.
The corner was cleared but Bays won possession again, the ball was fed wide to Dan Peat on the right and he angled his shot across the goal from an acute angle into the far corner of the net giving Sean Dowling in goal no chance.
Bays continued to dominate the rest of the half without adding to the score.
The body language of the Suburbs side at the commencement of the second half signalled surrender and their demeanour wasn’t improved when three minutes into the half, they gave away a penalty after Morgan-Howell was brought down in the box. Peat took the penalty and although Dowling guessed right and got a hand to the ball ,he couldn’t stop it from going into the net.
Bays were now rampant, Beguely was put through but denied by Dowling who deflected his shot for a corner> Peat was pulled back on the edge of the penalty area resulting in a yellow card to a Suburbs defender, the resultant free kick was scrambled clear. Dowling denied Morgan-Howell and Beguely was just wide.
Goal number four arrived in the 68th minute and involved some great passing between Beguely, Peat and Morgan-Howell before Cory Hitchin finished off from close range.
A Peat pass set up Glen Forrest but he blasted his shot over the bar, and Peat was just wide from a free kick as the Suburbs defence started to pick up a flurry of yellow cards resulting in their number 6 getting an early shower with ten minutes to go when he got his second.
In the final minutes of normal time a great run and pass from Suri found Wasi who put the ball in the net only to be ruled out for offside.
A comprehensive win for Bays keeping them four points clear of the chasers.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Zoghby, Hitchin, Webster, Bresnahan. Peat, Beguely (Bennett 77), Morgan-Howell (Wasi 82)
Scorers: Beguely 4, Peat 28, 48 pen, Hitchin 68
Last Modified on 10/05/2010 15:29
East Coast Bays continued their run with a comfortable 4-0 victory over a very average Eastern Suburbs side at Kohimarama.