The artificial turf made the game a lot faster as the ball sped across the surface, unlike the soggy grounds that both teams have suffered for the last few weeks and both sides had players who had trouble adjusting.
Bays should have taken the lead after five minutes when Dan Peat made a great run down the right flank and crossed the ball for Mauri Wasi to run on to but from five metres out, he somehow managed to put his shot over the bar.
Two minutes later, George Suri was robbed of the ball by Ryan De Vries but he too put his shot wide and in the tenth minute, John Fletcher had trouble holding a free kick and Sheldon Pillay should have done better with the chance he had instead of blasting it wide.
Forrest Hill were back on attack from the goal kick, Fletcher managed to block the first shot but the ball fell to De Vries who with an open goal at his mercy, somehow managed to miss completely.
Both sides were back and forward and on the quarter hour, Peat robbed Mikael Munday turned another defender and crossed the ball only to see Forrest Hill keeper Tamati Williams punch the ball off Phil Edginton’s head, seconds before he connected.
Wasi had two further chances but couldn’t put either away and just on the half hour, Fletcher made two finger tip saves to deny Forrest Hill.
The first goal came after 34 minutes when from a Forrest Hill goal kick, the ball found De Vries on the edge of the Bays penalty area and he drove a shot across the goal into the net giving Fletcher no chance at all.
From the kick off Bays swept down the field and bombarded the Forrest Hill goal. Suri, Leigh Kenyon, Ryan Zoghby and Peat all tested the defence and it took a great Williams save in the last minute to deny a Suri header from a free kick.
The half time break allowed the spectators a chance to get their breath back after a frantic first half and they needed the break as did the players who came out and continued the second half at the same pace of the first.
Four minutes into the half, Bays were level. Jason McKeown found Peat with a pass. Peat then turned his man on the edge of the box and unleashed a cracking drive that gave Williams absolutely no chance as it rocketed into the net.
Both teams were moving the ball quickly and it sped from one end of the field to the other with both defences getting a solid workout.
De Vries broke his shackles in the 66th minute but Fletcher again pulled off a great save to deny him.
At the other end of the park Williams again showed what a fine keeper he is by denying both Stu Bola and Peat.
Both team were throwing everything they had against each other but the closest chance fell to Kelly Escolme who his the cross bar.
Despite the best efforts of both sides who ran themselves to a standstill, time ran out before any further additions to the scoresheet with a draw a fair result.
Team: Fletcher, Beguely, Suri, Edginton, Estrin, Zoghby, Hitchin, Kenyon, Peat, Wasi (Bola 70), McKeown (Solomon 85)
Scorer: Peat 49
Last Modified on 09/09/2010 12:13
Two cracking goals and some appalling misses from both sides were the highlights of an entertaining match on the artificial turf at North Harbour 3 last night.