Manurewa made the first sortie, but that was repulsed and from then on Bays dominated forcing corner after corner as they pummelled the Manurewa goal.
Indeed if Aussie Rules scoring had been the vogue, the home team would have had a massive lead after only fifteen minutes as in that game you get a point for a near miss or ‘behind’.
It was therefore appropriate that after forcing so many corners, Bays should open their account direct from a corner. Leigh Kenyon, on something like his eleventh attempt, chipping the ball over the outstretched arms of the keeper and into the top of the net.
The remainder of the half saw Bays attack, Manurewa defend, make the occasional attack which the Bays defence would repulse.
A Manurewa free kick late in the half saw John Fletcher called upon, disrupting what had been a quiet afternoon for him, but he pulled off a good save.
The second half was more of the first with Bays pressuring and Manurewa defending. Dan Peat saw his free kick charged down and several other chances were blocked by the visitors defence.
Then just after the hour Peat was bundled over in the penalty area. Ryan Zoghby sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot and bays had doubled their advantage.
As so often is the case, this second goal stirred Manurewa and Phil Edginton was forced to clear a dangerous cross.
Edginton then made a great run down the right and crossed the ball to an unmarked Mauri Wasi who missed from right in front of goal.
Fletcher was kept on his toes pulling off a smart save from a Brad Armstrong drive, Peat and Wasi were denied chances, Fletcher saved another Armstrong drive, Wasi was ruled offside in a close call.
In the dying minutes. Peat and Wasi were wide for Bays while Stu Roberts failed to capitalise on good chance and the final whistle brought the game to an end.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Zoghby, Edginton, Estrin, Bresnahan, Hitchin (Webster 81), Kenyon, Peat, Bola (Morgan-Howell 69), Beguely (Wasi 51).
Scorers: Kenyon 23, Zoghby pen 63
Last Modified on 12/07/2010 12:04
It wasn’t a pretty game and there wasn’t an over-abundance of football, but East Coast Bays did what they had to and came away with a 2-0 victory.