The visitors belied their lowly league position with a spirited start to the game and Andrew Geddes should have done better with an early break but placed his shot wide.
At the other end, Dan Morgan-Howell stung the hands of Wanderers keeper, Adam O’Rourke with a drive as the game settled down to a midfield contest with both sides battling for superiority.
Joe Bresnahan was just over with a header before Bays took the lead in the 23rd minute. Jack Beguely broke through the defence and his shot took the slightest deflection to wrong-foot O’Rourke.
Wanderers hit back and Phil Edginton had to clear off the line from a Henry Hahn break.
Bresnahan tested the keeper with a long range drive before Bays doubled their lead. Morgan-Howell drove a shot into the goalmouth where a Wanderers defender in trying to clear, diverted it into his goal.
Then with five minutes remaining before halftime. John Fletcher was unable to get to a cross from a Wanderers corner and Daniel Frischknecht was on hand to bundle in from close range.
Beguely made a good run five minutes into the second half but there was no one on hand to challenge for the cross and a long throw from Ryan Zoghby found George Suri on the far post but his header hit the side netting.
Bays were dominating the play and just on the hour Bresnahan struck from the edge of the box. His shot beat everyone but struck the upright and rebounded back into play. Four minutes later another Bresnahan drive was turned for a corner. From the resultant corner, amid a goalmouth scramble, Avi Estrin nipped in and headed the ball into the net to restore Bays two goal advantage.
With fifteen minutes remaining, Fletcher was called into action to save at feet but the final minutes saw Bays on attack but all too often the final pass let down a good movement.
Another win over a team who are a lot better than their league position would indicate.
Team: Fletcher, Zoghby, Suri, Edginton, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin (Webster 46), Bresnahan, Beguely (Pilkington 63), Bola (Wasi 63), Morgan-Howell
Scorers: Beguely 23, og 36, Estrin 66
Last Modified on 06/06/2010 23:32
East Coast Bays secured a place in the Top 8 with a 3-1 win over Hamilton Wanderers at Bays City Park.