In the end it was a rather comfortable victory as East Coast Bays squeezed the life out of a Three Kings side that got more and more frustrated as the game went on.
Stu Bola was off target following some great lead up work in the fifth minute and Dan Peat was blocked by the Three Kings defence in the early minutes as both sides probed their opposites defensive lines for any sign of weakness.
The first real breach occurred in the 18th minute when Joe Brenahan broke through only to shoot straight at the keeper. The ball was cleared up field, won back by Bays and Ryley Webster sent over a cross that Bresnahan latched on to giving Three Kings custodian, Chris Marsh, no chance with his header from close range.
With one goal on the scoreboard, Bays went hunting a second. Leigh Kenyon sent over a cross that Phil Edginton got his head to, Marsh parried and the ball was cleared.
Peat then set off on a run down the left flank but Marsh made yet another fine save to deny him.
At the other end of the park, a Three Kings free kick was cleared, the ball lost and the resulting shot cleared again.
Bays went on attack and a great ball from Peat found Dan Morgan-Howell on th right, he crossed but the ball went under Bola’s feet.
John Fletcher in goal for Bays was forced to make a save from Jesse Van Kekum while at the other end, Marsh denied Bola.
With time almost up for the first half, Morgan-Howell was put through and scored past Marsh only to be denied by a dubious offside call. From the resultant free kick, Fletcher pulled off a good save from Daniel Findlay.
Then in the last moments of stoppage time, Morgan-Howell received the ball from the left, took a couple of steps and lashed the ball past Marsh for Bays’ second goal.
The second half started with the visitors attacking. Fletcher made a good save but the corner was wasted.
Another Bola run saw the ball cleared but it was picked up by Peat who set off on a typical run, passed to Webster who crossed the Ball for Morgan-Howell to finish off for his second and the third for Bays.
The home side continued to dominate with the visitors reduced to occasional attacks. Peat was put through but shot across the goal, Edginton at the other end, stopped a Three Kings break, while Glen Forrest was on hand to block another raid from the visitors.
The last fifteen minutes saw Peat, Ryan Zoghby and Nick Hyde denied, while Jason McKeown was able to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery.
The frustration continued for the visitors as they were unable to get out of defence long enough to put Bays under any sort of pressure.
A great team effort with performances lifted several notches from the previous week.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Zoghby, Edginton, Beguely, Bresnahan, Webster (Hyde 73), Kenyon, Peat (McKeown 84), Bola (Wasi 68), Morgan-Howell
Scorers: Bresnahan 19, Morgan-Howell 45+, 53
Last Modified on 20/07/2010 14:27