A great gesture from the Central team who formed a guard of honour and applauded the Bays side on to the field as league champions. It was much appreciated.
Bays started the game on fire. Within five minutes a George Suri knockdown found Joe Bresnahan who had the ball in the back of the net only to have it disallowed for offside.
A minute later Jack Beguely was put through and had only the goalkeeper to beat but he put his shot wide of the goal.
It wasn’t all one way, with John Fletcher having to make a smart save from Milos Nikolic.
Beguely was again put through in the eleventh minute but again butchered another great chance by shooting wide.
Fletcher again pulled off a fine save from a Dale Bennetto drive but from the resultant corner the ball wasn’t cleared properly, bobbled around the goal line and Adam McGeorge took the opportunity offered and opened the scoring for Central. A goal down, Bays launched more attacks and the Central keeper, Matthew Upton just beat Cory Hitchen to a Leigh Kenyon cross.
Ryan Zoghby was caught with the ball just outside the area and Fletcher did very well to deny Bennetto.
Just on the half hour, Beguely had his third chance when he was put through again but this time hit his shot straight at the keeper.
The next period of play was back and forth with Bays again creating chances but failing to put them away.
Blushes were spared just before the break, when Suri got a great pass from Dan Peat and calmly steered his shot wide of the keeper and into the net for the equaliser.
In stoppage time Bresnahan put a shot wide and Upton save at Beguely’s feet.
Words during the half time break from coach Willy Gerdsen and captain Leigh Kenyon seemed to have the desired effect. A Peat drive was tipped over the bar by Upton who in the space of two minutes blocked shots from Suri and Beguely.
Poor finishing from both sides was foremost over the next fifteen minutes until just past the hour. A Kenyon corner found Phil Edginton but his header was saved by Upton. Bays won the ball back, a Suri pass found Peat who put Beguely through and this time on the fifth attempt he scored to give Bays the lead.
Three minutes later, Kenyon sent Peat on his way down the flank, he beat his marker, found Suri with his cross, Suri made no mistake and it was 3-1.
Bays made some changes and Central were starting to wilt. Peat went on a run but his shot was blocked and with just over fifteen minutes remaining a Zoghby shot was turned for a corner. Dan Morgan-Howell took the corner, found Edginton’s head and it was 4-1.
Morgan-Howell was on the scoresheet three minutes later when after receiving a pass from Kenyon he placed a delightful chip over the advancing keeper that sailed just under the crossbar to give bays goal number 5.
Central were struggling to contain Bays. Morgan-Howell put two chances wide and Upton pulled off a stunning save from his free kick in the 89th minute. Kenyon and Mauri Wasi both had chances to add to the score.
In the end a comprehensive victory, but again far too many chances squandered.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Zoghby, Edginton, Estrin, Hitchin, Bresnahan, Kenyon, Peat (Morgan-Howell 73), Beguely (McKeown 65), Suri (Wasi 78).
Scorers: Suri 43, 67, Beuely, 64, Edginton 74, Morgan-Howell 77
Last Modified on 29/08/2010 14:42
Bays overcame a one goal deficit and some appalling finishing to cruise to a comfortable 5-1 victory over Central United at Kiwitea Street.