A Dan Morgan strike in the 17th minute was the difference on the scoresheet between the two teams, but Bays dominated the game to such an extent that a higher scoreline would have been appropriate.
Bays started well and had the first chance within two minutes when a long ball from Cory Hitchen to Mauri Wasi was crossed to Morgan who hit it just wide. The same player was involved from the goal line clearance when he collected the ball and sent over a cross but unfortunately there was no one on hand to make use of it.
More rain started falling making the ground very slippery and passes started going astray with surface water slowing the ball’s passage.
Bays were exerting the most pressure and both Wasi and Avi Estrin were denied. Hitchen had a free kick well saved by the keeper and Stu Bola should have done better when he found himself in front of goal with only the keeper to beat.
It wasn’t all one way and John Fletcher had to be on his toes to make a good save from Sean Lovemore, but he cleared the ball to a Bays player, there was some great interplay from the midfield and the ball found its way to Morgan who smashed in an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box to give Bays a deserved lead.
Fletcher made a good save from a Tim Hayhow free kick just short of the half hour but Bays were back on attack and it required some fine defending from the visitors.
George Suri’s shot was well saved by Jonathan Ross, Onehunga Sports keeper, some desperate defending denied Morgan twice in the closing minutes as he was twice denied, first by the keeper’s foot and second by a good tackle.
Jack Beguely broke through straight from the start of the second half but was denied by Ross, and Bays had a strong penalty appeal denied. Play continued back and forth with Fletcher called into action to make two fine saves while at the other end of the park, Ross foiled Leigh Kenyon twice and denied Estrin.
Onehunga were reduced to ten after Prince Quansah was dismissed for his second yellow card following a series of bad tackles in the 66th minute but the visitors held fast in defence although Bays were their own worst enemies, by not getting into position to make the most of many chances created.
A win putting Bays through to round 3 of the Chatham Cup with another home game against Auckland Grammar.
Team: Fletcher, Beguely, Suri, Zoghby, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin, Webster, Wasi (Peat 56), Bola (Davis 70), Morgan (Barnett 88)
Scorer: Morgan 17
Last Modified on 08/06/2010 15:47