ECB 2 Central United 1 played 22/05/10 at Bays City Park

After dominating the first half with some scintillating football, Bays let Central back into the game and by final whistle were desperately hanging on to a one goal lead against ten men.

There was only six minutes on the clock when Bays had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside. Three minutes later Dan Peat made one of his runs at the defence but was foiled at the last minute. Moments later, Central should have opened the scoring when Rory Kelly found himself unmarked and in front of goal but he failed to put away an easy chance. Bays pressed the Central rearguard with keeper Matthew Upton saving from Mauri Wasi only for Peat to put the rebound wide.

The first goal arrived in the 16th minute when Leigh Kenyon jinked down the left, crossed the ball to Jack Beguely who headed home from close range. Bays were now dominating and Cory Hitchen saw his drive from 20 metres turned round the upright by Upton, then just before the half hour, Peat was dumped in the box and Kenyon doubled the score from the penalty spot.

John Chisholm was just wide for Central before Peat broke through with ten minutes to go. Sadly his ball control let him down and Upton took the opportunity to get to the ball first.

Then with one minute remaining in the half, Central were down to ten men when John Raj received a straight red card for a bad tackle.

Bays have never played well against ten, but for the first fifteen minutes of the second half it looked as if things might be changing. A long throw from Avi Estrin caused the Central defence a lot of trouble and was eventually headed off the line for a corner. Kenyon put his shot just over the bar on the hour after some sustained pressure and Wasi was also wide.

This inability to convert chances gave Central heart and they started to bring the game to Bays. With eight minutes remaining, a poor tackle by the Bays defence was punished by the award of a penalty to Central. Adam Dickenson took the kick and saw it hit the crossbar and be cleared. Did Bays learn from this let off. No.

Three minutes later Dale Bennetto went down in the box after a shirt pull and referee Jonathan Price again pointed to the spot. Dickenson again stepped up and this time made no mistake. Central could now sniff a result and went hunting for the equaliser but bays hung on to the final whistle to take all three points.

Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Zoghby, Suri, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin, Webster, Wasi (Davis 79), Beguely (Morgan-Howell 69), Peat

Scorers: Beguely 16, Kenyon pen 29


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