The first twenty minutes of the game were to put it kindly, bland, with a lot of aimless midfield play and little to trouble either defence.
The first real shot in anger came in the 23rd minute when a Joe Bresnahan drive was deflected for a corner and minutes later glen Forrest was called upon to clear the ball from a breaking David Smith.
The goal that Melville scored was a beauty. In the 34th minute they broke down the right flank, crossed the ball and Alex Barlow rose well to head the ball back across the goal into the top of the net.
Nothing much happened for the remainder of the half apart from a brief flurry just before the break when a good move involving Dan Peat and Phil Edginton was wasted, Barlow forced John Fletcher into making a good save and Melville’s keeper Scott Robinson just beat George Suri to a through ball.
It was hoped that the second half would be more of an improvement as Bays put a little more pressure on the Melville defence with both Edginton and Peat missing chances.
The introduction of Jack Beguely and Stu Bola on the hour provided more spark to Bays attack as they pushed the Melville defence further back. A Beguely cross beat everyone and he then forced a good save from Robinson.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Bays had their best chance of the game when Mauri Wasi headed over a Beguely cross.
The final ten minutes saw Bays parked in the Melville defensive zone but a clearance off the foot of Bola and a great save from a Bresnahan drive denied Bays an equaliser and time ran out giving the visitors a deserved win.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest (Wasi 77), Edginton, Zoghby, Estrin, Bresnahan, Kenyon, Hitchin, Peat, Suri (Bola 60), Morgan-Howell (Beguely 60)
Last Modified on 02/08/2010 11:11
East Coast Bays lost their two year unbeaten record at home with a lacklustre performance against a more committed Melville team.