It was the classic men v boys scenario as East Coast Bays progressed through to the last 16 of the Chatham Cup with a 9-0 win over Auckland Grammar School.
Bays were in control right from the opening whistle despite facing a strong wind and George Suri’s header warmed the Grammar keeper’s hands. Dan Morgan and Dan Peat missed chances while at the other end, John Fletcher gave Grammar a sniff when he fumbled a free kick but the chance was wasted as the shot was blazed over the bar.
After this scare, Bays were quickly back on the offensive with Phil Edginton making a run, passing to Peat who saw his shot turned for a corner which was put over the crossbar.
Stu Bola had the ball in the net from an Edginton cross but the goal was ruled out for offside but the pressure continued and four minutes later, Bola got his head to a Morgan cross to open the scoring.
Ryan Zoghby went on a run but was denied by the Grammar defence before Josh Anthony broke clear for Grammar and it required a great block by Edginton to deny him.
Edginton then got up for a Bays attack to head in a Leigh Kenyon cross to double Bays’ advantage just after the half hour.
Play continued to flow but just before the break, Suri was blocked on the line by Grammar keeper Kyle Smart but made no mistake with a second chance to give Bays a 3-0 lead going into the break.
With the wind at their backs, Bays were soon dominating possession. Morgan saw his drive blocked by Smart, then just before the hour, the floodgates opened with three goals scored in ten minutes.
Edginton got his second again heading in a Kenyon cross, Joe Bresnahan had his drive blocked, but followed up to head in the rebound. Bola was felled in the box, booked for diving, but the penalty was awarded. Kenyon took the shot but Smart guessed correctly and pulled off a great save.
Smart denied Mauri Wasi, Bresnahan hit the crossbar before Edginton got his hat trick and number six for Bays when he headed home a corner as the rain started to fall.
Cory Hitchen scored number 7 when he ran through the defence with just under fifteen minutes left and three minutes later, Suri had his second when he out jumped the defence to head in a Kenyon corner.
Wasi had his drive saved by Smart and at the other end, Fletcher had to be alert to deny Anthony.
Early into stoppage time Suri nabbed his hat trick when he finished off a great interpassing movement involving six players.
Progress through to the next round and an away game against Three Kings.
A good display by the entire team and two standouts for Auckland Grammar, goalie Kyle Smart and striker Josh Anthony.
Team: Fletcher, Zoghby, Suri, Edginton, Beguely (Estrin 51), Kenyon, Hitchin, Bresnahan, Morgan (Webster 57), Bola, Peat (Wasi 57)
Scorers: Bola 23, Edginton 33,58,64, Suri 45+, 79, 91, Bresnahan 60, Hitchen 76
Last Modified on 22/06/2010 12:06