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A combination of player petulance and an inexperienced referee under assessment, contributed to bringing this top of the table clash into a farce, spoiling what should and could have been an entertaining game.
The bane for most players is not whether or not the referee is good or bad, it is consistency with decisions and in this respect, the young official was lacking, along with his player management skills.
Both teams spent the early minutes sizing each other up with Julyan Collett and Michael Mayne shooting just wide while Maksim Manko tested Aidan Gwilt.
Bays were having problems penetrating the Olympic defence and matters didn’t get any better when in the 28th minute Avi Estrin cut past three Olympic defenders only to be upended in the box. Instead of a penalty, the referee waived play on.
Gwilt made a good save from Ross McKenzie and then in the 38th minute it all started to going wrong.
Estrin had been booked in the first minute for a bad tackle and when Bays were awarded a free kick he decided to have words with official, got a second yellow card which morphed into red and Bays were down to ten. A justifiable dismissal, sheer stupidity by Estrin.
Olympic continued to apply the pressure and with two minutes remaining in the half they opened the scoring when Matt Cunneen slammed home from a corner.
Lance Eeson was sacrificed for another midfield player as Bays regrouped for the second half as a ten-man Bays side took the game to Olympic.
Dan Peat headed wide from a corner, Dillon Barnett was brought down in the box but play was waived on. Peat was again wide before Olympic hit back forcing Gwilt into making two great saves in succession to keep them out.
Barnett was just wide after a good run down the right flank before Bays were down to nine in the 72nd minute when Peat received a straight red card for allegedly kicking a player although this was not confirmed until after the game.
At the same time coach Willy Gerdsen was sent from the field of play for questioning the referee’s decision making.
AS far as a contest was concerned the game was now over. Barnett was denied by the keeper and with five minutes remaining, Yoji Tanabe found himself unmarked, Gwilt got a hand to the shot but it hit the upright and rebounded into the goal.
In addition to the red cards, our official also managed to dish out eight yellow cards amongst the teams. Readers of this might think it was a bloodbath but in fact it was not a dirty game. Lots of money to administration.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde (Sheehan 77), Beguely, Estrin, Bresnahan, Webster, Solomons (Bell 70), Eeson (Young 46), Peat, Barnett