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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
It’s very disappointing when a referee allows potentially leg-breaking tackles to go unpunished, then starts dishing out cards for shoulder charges and dissent. I know dissent is a bookable offence but lives and careers can be ruined by a bad tackle, specially when the same player does it several times before getting a severe finger-wagging and told not to do it again.
The standard of refereeing has been very high this season. Hopefully this is an aberration.
Back to the game. Bays started quickly taking the game to Metro, forcing an early corner, which Joe Bresnahan headed wide.
Five minutes later, Tim Pilkington slid a defence-splitting pass through to Dillon Barnett who put his shot under the keeper to give Bays an early lead.
Another goal at this stage could have finished Metro off, but they pulled themselves back into the game, aided by some very agricultural tackling, let go by the referee. Dan Peat copped more than his share over the course of the game and could count himself fortunate to still be standing by half time.
After a period of back and forth play, Metro mounted several strong challenged, heading over the bar from a corner and Aidan Gwilt pulled two exceptional saves to deny an equalizer.
Both Barnett and Peat had chances late in the half but failed to test the Metro custodian.
Pilkington put his shot just over from a free kick just after the restart and in the 54th minute a Metro drive his the upright but was scrambled clear.
Ryley Webster and Barnett has chances blocked and Gwilt pulled off a great save to deny a Francisco Avendano free kick.
Bays’ fitness told in the latter stages with a Avi Estrin header saved by Metro’s keeper and Webster having another shot blocked from a corner.
Then with time almost up, a Bays corner was fumbled by the Metro keeper and Estrin latched on to the loose ball to blast it into the top of the net to make the game safe for Bays.
A hard fought encounter, ending well with three points and no major injuries.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Estrin, Solomon (Bell 79), Kenyon, Webster, Bresnahan, Pilkington (Young 70), Peat (McKeown 90), Barnett
Scorers: Barnett 7, Estrin 90