This was a real cup tie with both teams up for a game of football and prepared to go at it right from the start. A crowd of some 700 turned up on a fine afternoon and were treated to an enjoyable game with plenty of disputed calls and a stoppage time decider.
This was a game that Bays didn’t really want, meeting neighbours Glenfield Rovers in a cup quarter-final. They would have rather drawn any other club. But it was ordained and Bays were quickest to get going when Dan Peat made a break but put his shot just wide of the goal.
The first goal came six minutes into the game when from a move down the left flank, the ball was crossed through a mass of bodies and Dan Morgan-Howell struck home from inside the box. The Assistant Referee had his flag up but after consultation the goal was awarded.
Bays continued to press and Glenfield keeper Jacob Spoonley was in action again, punching clear a Leigh Kenyon free kick.
Glenfield spent a bit of time defending but gradually forced themselves back into the game with Layton O’Rourke heading wide while at the other end George Suri was denied.
Glen Forrest stopped a Glenfield break but the equalising goal came in the 21st minute and it was a cracker. Bays keeper, John Fletcher had clawed away a corner, the ball was partly cleared, won back by Glenfield, the cross came over and Paul Seaman volleyed home a semi-bicycle kick that gave Fletcher no chance.
Glenfield now stepped up the pressure, Fletcher save a Liam Mulrooney free kick, Ryan Zoghby cleared a corner and Fletcher saved a Graham Green drive all in the space of five minutes.
The pace of the game was up, both sides were closing each other down and the ball was moving from end to end with both defences given a workout.
Half time came as a relief to both players and supporters.
The second half saw Spoonley quickly in action to block a shot from Suri then beat Kenyon to the rebound. More end to end football followed over the next quarter hour but gradually Bays began to wrest control.
With fifteen minutes remaining a Kenyon shot was stopped by Spoonley on the line. Players appealed for a goal but the assistant referee who was well placed in line, ruled the ball had not crossed completely over.
A Morgan-Howell run and cross found Stu Bola but his shot was blocked, Spoonley again saved from the resultant corner and Nadir Harat headed against the crossbar while attempting to clear.
Glenfield had a couple of breaks in the last ten minutes but were denied by the Bays defence as the game moved into stoppage time. Peat broke down the left, beat his man, only to see his shot strike the upright and then just as extra time was looking a certainty, Jack Beguely broke down the right and curled a shot over the Glenfield defence. Spoonley gathered the ball, the Bays players went up and the assistant referee, again well placed, ruled the ball had crossed the line and the goal was given.
Glenfield players surrounded the officials and a red card was given, the final whistle went and the game was over.
From those in a position to judge, opinion was 50/50 on both close calls as to whether the ball had crossed the line or not with some claiming the disallowed goal was over and the allowed goal had not crossed the line. It will be argued over for some time.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Edginton, Zoghby, Estrin, Bresnahan, Webster (Hitchin 71), Kenyon, Morgan-Howell (Beguely 79), Suri (Bola 60), Peat
Scorers: Morgan-Howell 6, Beguely 93
Last Modified on 26/07/2010 16:14