Waitakere City 1 ECB 2 Played 01/05/2011 at Fred Taylor Park

The weather conditions put paid to any flowing football with the swirling wind changing direction 180 degrees in a matter of seconds making ball control very difficult.

However both sides tried to play football to the best of their ability with Bays putting on early pressure. Leigh Kenyon was wide with an early free kick and Dan Morgan-Howell had his shot beaten away by the keeper, while at the other end Keegan Linderboom could have done better from a Denver MacDonald cross and was wide with another attempt.

A defensive mix up in the 17th minute amongst the Bays defence almost let Waitakere In but the ball was grabbed in the nick of time by Aidan Gwilt.

Play continued to see-saw back and forth during the half until the last moments when Bays pressed forward again. A Dan Peat shot was cleared off the line but the ball was regained by Bays and Dillon Barnett shot straight at the keeper.

The ensuing clearance was won back by Jack Beguely who went on a run down the right flank, beating two defenders before crossing to Barnett who scored from close range with virtually the last kick of the half.

Waitakere came out for the second half all guns blazing and a Sheldon Pillay attempt was charged down while at the other end Kenyon was just wide from a Peat cross..

Waitakere equalized in the 57th minute when they were awarded a penalty for hand ball – a harsh decision – but Cory Hitchen made no mistake from the spot.

Play continued to see-saw and both coaches went to their benches to try and alter the game.

Substitute Chris Trent forced the keeper into a good save before the winning goal came in the 82nd minute. Some great interplay between Ryan Young and Lance Eeson found Ryley Webster charging through and his low drive gave the Waitakere keeper no chance.

A great result considering the conditions and a fine team effort with special mention to veteran Nick Hyde recalled to cover for the mounting injury list in defence and Dan Morgan-Howell playing in the unaccustomed position of left full back.


Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Beguely, Morgan-Howell, Kenyon (Eeson 62), Bresnahan, Webster, Pilkington (Young 77),  Peat (Trent 68), Barnett


Scorers:  Barnett 45,  Webster 82


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