It had been coming for some weeks. Bays had been playing well, but not getting goals from the chances created. One day the bubble was going to burst and it happened to be this day. Unfortunately for Papatoetoe, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Papatoetoe mounted the first attack of the game which was repulsed. Bays swept up field and opened the scoring in the third minute with Dan Morgan-Howell heading home from a Dan Peat cross.
The visitors kicked off and were immediately on the defensive as Bays rampaged forward. Morgan-Howell repaid the favour to Peat but he couldn’t get on the end of the cross and Joe Bresnahan was just over from a long drive.
In the ninth minute Ryan Zoghby put Peat through and he made no mistake, slotting past the advancing keeper.
Then just before the quarter hour, the game was to all intents over when a long throw from Zoghby found Phil Edginton who headed in from close range to make it 3-0.
For the next twenty minutes Papatoetoe defended as Bays plied on the pressure. George Suri headed wide, Zoghby went on a run and his shot was well saved by Van der Weele in goal, who got down low to turn it for a corner.
Another Morgan-Howell drive was just wide before Papatoetoe mounted their second attack but David Scott was well stopped by Jack Beguely and their corner was put behind.
A great 40 metre pass from Suri found Peat, the ball was put in the net but ruled out for offside.
The pressure continued, Stu Bola was stopped by Van der Weele but with three minuted left before the break, a Leigh Kenyon corner was flicked on by Bola, the Papatoetoe couldn’t clear and Edginton finished off from close range.
Papatoetoe started the second half on attack but John Fletcher saved easily from Paulo Montiro but they were soon on the back foot as Bays continued to batter them.
The defence held for ten minutes when another Kenyon corner was headed in by Bola. Bays were winning corner after corner as the desperate Papatoetoe defence couldn’t get the ball far enough upfield to get any respite.
Peat was again denied by the keeper before Edginton got his hat trick when he headed home a Ryley Webster cross in the 64th minute.
Two minuted later Bresnahan made it 7-0 when he latched on to a Morgan-Howell cross and Mauri Wasi saw his shot cleared off the line.
Andrew Bennett had only been on the field for two minutes when he lashed in goal number eight. Papatoetoe had replaced their keeper, due to an injury and his replacement fumbled a header and just stopped it crossing the line. However the clearance was picked up by bays the ball fed to Bennett who did the rest.
With fifteen minutes left to play, Papatoetoe had a rare attack, found the Bays defence asleep and Callum Christopher made no mistake to put his team on the scoreboard. This bucked up a dispirited side and they came close minutes later.
With seven minutes remaining, Bays were again on attack and the Papatoetoe defence got themselves in a hoorible mix up from a Peat run and cross and without any help from the home side put the ball into their own net.
Bennett was stopped for getting his second before Papatoetoe won a free kick some 30 metres out with a minute of normal time remaining. Nicholas Snedden let fly at goal. Fletcher must have been wet and cold as he totally misjudged the flight allowing it to pass between his arms into the net for the visitors second goal.
Then in stoppage time, Edginton got his head to a Morgan-Howell cross to make it number 10 for Bays.
A totally comprehensive victory and when a central defender grabs four goals, it really sums up the game.
Team: Fletcher, Beguely (Davis 52), Suri, Edginton, Zoghby, Kenyon (Bennett 71), Bresnahan, Webster, Peat, Bola (Wasi 59), Morgan-Howell
Scorers: Morgan-Howell 3, Peat 9, Edginton 14, 42, 64, 91, Bola 55, Bresnahan 66. Bennett 73, og 83
Last Modified on 14/06/2010 14:52