This was real cup tie football, with no quarter asked or given. With Stu Bola and Dan Morgan-Howell out through suspension and injury, George Suri was pushed up front to combat the aerial ability of the Three Kings defence.
The home side attacked from the kick off but once that was repelled, Bays surged into attack with Suri prominent, having a drive blocked and a header turned for a corner.
At the other end of the park, keeper John Fletcher was out quickly to save at the feet of Luiz Del Monte.
Jack Beguely went on a run only to see his shot turned for a corner then Suri had the best chance of the game to date, finding himself unmarked in front of goal but lacking the striker’s instinct, he took an extra touch and the chance was gone. He had another chance just before the half hour when receiving a Beguely cross but placed his shot wide and five minutes later was again denied by a fine save from keeper Chris Marsh.
The last five minutes of the half saw Bays lay siege to the Three Kings goal, with Dan Peat foiled twice, Suri blocked and Beguely beating the keeper but having his shot cleared off the line.
Bays continued to pressure right from the start of the second half as pat won the ball, broke clear but shot straight at the keeper.
The pressure was telling on Marsh who fumbled a shot but managed to grab it before it crossed the line and a good shout for a hand ball in the Three Kings area went unheeded.
Finally in the 54th minute a goal was scored. Three Kings defenders cleared the ball but not far enough. Suri latched on to it and drove his shot goalward. It may have taken the slightest of deflections but this was enough to wrongfoot Marsh.
With a goal finally on the board, Bays continued their pressure. Marsh pulled off a good save from a Cory Hitchen cross just before Suri could get his head to it and Beguely saw his shot blocked. Another shot was cleared off the line.
The corner count mounted but the ball was scrambled clear.
With ten minutes remaining, Three Kings were pressing forward in a rare attack. Avi Estrin cleared the ball long, the Three Kings defence stopped, leaving it for the keeper. Mauri Wasi had different ideas, saw his chance and took off reaching the ball before Marsh had a chance to get out and deftly steered the ball past him into the net. A Three Kings defender made a valiant effort to hook the ball clear but it was over the line before he got to it.
If anyone thought the game was over they were wrong as Three Kings hit back within two minutes when a ball was played down the right flank, crossed and Robbie Greenhalgh produced a stunning header into the corner of the net to pull a goal back.
However the Bays defence held firm, stopping any chance of Three Kings forcing the game into extra time, and Bays themselves kept the pressure on the home side as time ran out.
A superb team display with rock like defence and a dominating midfield putting Bays into the quarter finals.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Zoghby, Edginton, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin, Bresnahan, Beguely (Webster 83), Suri (Wasi 69), Peat
Scorers: Suri 54, Wasi 80
Last Modified on 05/07/2010 09:54
East Coast Bays advanced to the quarter-finals of the Chatham Cup with a 2-1 away win over Three Kings on Saturday.