Bays Fall to Miramar in Chatham Cup Semi-Final

You can create as many chances as you like but unless you convert a proportion of them, you aren’t going to win any games and so it was for Bays at a bitterly cold Dave Farrington Park in Miramar where their Chatham Cup hopes were extinguished at the penultimate hurdle.
Appointed referee Chris Kerr had to cry off due to illness, sadly his replacement, Antony Ryley, was out of his depth, unable to keep up with the pace or physicality of the game.
Bays were straight into attack mode from the first whistle and Miramar keeper Phil Imray was saving at the feet of Jack Beguely within the first minute.
Beguely had a shot blocked moments later, Dan Morgan-Howell had a header saved and Beguely shot wide, while at the other end, two defensive errors almost let Miramar in and they should have done better with the second chance in the tenth minute.
Referee Ryley had dished out a couple of yellow cards for over vigorous tacking when in the sixteenth minute Imray barged over Beguley in the box. A penalty was awarded and to the surprise of all, Imray was red carded. Definitely a penalty, maybe a yellow card for stupidity, but never a red card as Beguely still had work to do to get a shot on goal.
Dan Peat retained his composure during the delay of replacing the goalkeeper, and slotted the ball into the corner of the net to give Bays a deserved lead.
Playing against ten men has never been one of Bays’ strengths and with the man advantage they should have buried Miramar then and there, but the finishing woes continued with Beguely putting a shot wide after breaking through and Miramar began getting themselves back into the game.
Having given one penalty, referee Ryley had to be fair, and just on the half hour Miramar were attacking the Bays goal. Avi Estrin and John Fletcher were trying to clear, two Miramar players collided with each other and fell over and the referee couldn’t wait to point to the spot.
Michael Eagar made no mistake with the kick and the teams were on level pegging again.
The final fifteen minutes of the half saw Bays dominating but unable to add to the score.
The second half found Bays again attacking without reward and Miramar defending, relying on quick breaks to pressure the visitors. One of these breaks yielded a free kick on the edge of the box, Bays didn’t mark up, allowing Campbell Parkin a free header which he put into the net giving the home side the lead amid much jubilation.
A goal down, Bays battered the Miramar goal for most of the half. George Suri saw his shot saved by keeper Joe Morris on the line. Peat then broke through, there was a big shout that the ball had crossed the line, but nothing from the referee or his assistant, Phil Edginton couldn’t quite get is head to Morgan-Howell’s free kick, Morgan-Howell had a cross turned for a corner and Cory Hitchen was just over.
A 66th minute header from Edginton looked to have crossed the line before being hooked clear but again nothing from the officials as Miramar put their bodies on the line blocking shot after shot.
As Bays pushed everyone forward in search of the equaliser and extra time, Miramar managed a couple of late breaks. The first one saw the shot pushed wide, the second a foot race between Eagar and Glen Forrest saw the Miramar player go down very easily and referee Ryley, had to even up the red cards by sending off Forrest, even though there were other Bays players between him and the goal.
A couple more long range attempts by Bays then it was all over, Miramar and their supporters celebrating, the 50+ Bays supporters  back to the airport for the sombre trip back home.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Edginton, Zoghby, Estrin (Hitchin 55), Suri, Kenyon, Bresnahan (Hyde 66), Peat, Beguely (Wasi 72), Morgan-Howell


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