East Coast Bays 3 Onehunga Sports 0 played 09/04/2011 at Bays City Park

East Coast Bays finally kicked off their season a week late in a game transferred to Bays City 2 on a very warm afternoon.


Although looking rusty, Bays took the game to Onehunga Sports, pressing right from the start when Dillon Barnett was put through by Ryan Zoghby, only to pull his shot wide.


The game had been going for eleven minutes when Bays opened the scoring, Jeff Campbell finishing off a good move that cut through the Onehunga defence. Four minutes later it required a great save by custodian Mark Fulcher to stop a Campbell free kick and the keeper showed great reflexes by clearing the header that followed.


Onehunga were struggling to hold Bays, as Dan Peat made a great run only to hit wide and Barnett was foiled by Fulcher and then saw a second chance cleared off the line.


There should have been three or more goals before the break but Fulcher’s heroics coupled with wayward finishing from Bays, ensured the scoreboard wasn’t troubled.


Onehunga decided to play a very high line in the second half, relying on the offside trap which caught out the Bays attackers from time to time but there were enough times when it failed.


Avi Estrin was the first to break through with a good run but a poor cross spoiled his good work. At the other end of the field Aidan Gwilt had to make his first save of the match, getting down well to smother a low drive.


The pressure had to tell and in the 58th minute Campbell latched on to a Barnett cross and drove the ball past Fulcher for his, and the team’s second goal.


Bays continued their domination as Onehunga spent most of the half defending, rarely threatening the Bays rearguard However at the other end, Leigh Kenyon, Ryley Webster and Peat all wasted chances by shooting direct at the keeper after breaking past the Onehunga defenders.


Coach Willy Gerdsen rang the changes, giving youngsters, Chris Trent and Alec Solomon their first team debuts.


Deep into stoppage time and with the last kick of the game, Kenyon was on hand to finish off a good move involving Peat and Solomon to make the scoreline a little more impressive.


Not a great performance, but Baus were not pressed very hard by Onehunga Sports and after the first goal never really looked in danger of defeat.


Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby, Beguely, Estrin, Kenyon, Bresnahan (Solomon 81), Pilkington (Webster 55), Campbell, Barnett (Trent 69), Peat


Scorers: Campbell 11,58, Kenyon 93


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