ECB 1 Ngaruawahia Utd 1 played26/06/2010 at Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia

When you dominate a game with 90% possession people tend to ask “What score did you win by?” When you tell them it was 1-1, they stare at you in disbelief.
Well, that’s what happened down in Ngaruawahia on Saturday when Bays came away with a 1-1 draw despite dominating the game from start to finish.
Right from the whistle, Bays dominated with Dan Peat (twice), Leigh Kenyon (twice) and Ryley Webster all being denied in the first fifteen minutes.
The Ngaruawahia keeper was taking an inordinate amount of time with his goal kicks but no action was taken against this blatant time wasting with the referee opting to add on four minutes of stoppage time in the first half and a ludicrous eight minutes at the end of the game.
I always thought time wasting was a bookable offence and have seen many goalkeepers booked over many games at all levels, but apparently it doesn’t apply in some parts of the Waikato.
Back to the game. When a team is dominant, but doesn’t take their chances, they often get hit with a sucker punch and so it proved. Ngaruawahia made a rare foray into the Bays penalty area, the first of two in the half. The Bays defence were caught napping, Marcel Sosa saw an opportunity, took it and Bays were a goal down.
Ryley Webster was forced from the field with an ankle injury following a tackle as Bays kept up the pressure on Ngaruawahia who were defending desperately, forcing Bays into making some poor decisions in front of goal.
The Ngaruawahia keeper was in good form also, making some fine saves and half time arrived with Ngaruawahia still in the lead.
Second half found Bays again on attack and the home side defending desperately. Ten minutes into the half Phil Edginton got his head to a Kenyon corner and bays were level. The next twenty minutes saw a totally one-sided game, with Bays on attack, Ngaruawahia on defence and the keeper taking a long time to retrieve balls for the goal kicks.
Jack Beguely forced a great save and Stu Bola saw his header saved on the line while Peat should have done better when he slipped his marker and bore down on goal.
With ten minutes of normal time remaining, Bays were down to ten men when Bola was sent off for what the referee deemed a bad tackle although he had let many similar go unpunished.
Ngaruawahia sniffed the chance of an upset and had a chance to go ahead with five minutes remaining when a defensive mixup presented an open goal, but John Fletcher, for most of the afternoon unemployed, pulled off an excellent save.
Joe Bresnahan headed wide from a Ryan Zoghby cross in the last minute of normal time as Bays put everyone forward to snatch a winner. Ngaruawahia broke but Fletcher again came to the rescue with a fine save and a block as the defence scrambled to get back.
Then came the interminable eight minutes of stoppage time with both teams looking for a winner.
Ngaruawahia were delighted with the result and deserved a point, with their performance belying their position in the league. For Bays a quiet trip home, time to reflect and prepare for next weekend’s Chatham Cup clash against Three Kings.
Team: Fletcher, Zoghby, Suri, Edginton, Estrin (Davis 77), Kenyon, Bresnahan, Webster (Forrest 25), Wasi (Beguely 46), Bola, Peat
Scorers: Edginton 54


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