Central United 2 ECB 1 played 29/05/2011 at Kiwitea St

Unlucky not at least to come away with a point, Bays were unable to catch up the league leaders after a close game ended in a 2-1 loss to Central United.

This was one of Bays best performances of the year despite having a weakened side as two sides played a passing game of football which went from end to end keeping the crowd enthralled.

The only thing spoiling it was the crybaby antics of Manuel Esposito, who every time he was touched, fell to the ground clutching his face, deservedly earning the derision of the Bays supporters, as much for the pathetic acting as his endeavour to get an opposition player booked. The sooner this sort of nonsense is clamped down on the better the beautiful game will be.

Central started the game with early pressure and Aidan Gwilt was kept busy, dealing with strikes from Adam Dickinson and Luis Corrales. However bays hit back and had the ball in the net in the sixteenth minute only to have the goal ruled out for offside.

Both sides then went into a mode of attack, defend, and counter as play roamed from end to end.

There were just four minutes remaining on the clock, when the first goal happened. A long throw from Dan Morgan eluded the Central defensive wall and found Joe Bresnahan who fired smartly through the defenders into the net to give Bays a 1-0 halftime lead.

The second half was a continuation of the first, with Tim Pilkington putting his shot just over the bar and Dickinson having his strike cleared off the line by the Bays defence.

Four minutes into the half it all went wrong for Bays. A break by Central saw the attacker go down in the box with a shriek of agony and a penalty was awarded. I’ve seen them given and I’ve seen them not given.

Stuart Hogg made no mistake from the spot and the teams were level.

From the kickoff, Central got the ball, Corrales was through and made no mistake as he slotted the ball past Gwilt.

Bays went for the equalizer and Central went for another which would have killed the game off, but neither  could make the break through.

Ryley Webster had his shot cleared off the line, Bresnahan lost the ball in midfield to give Central a chance, but they couldn’t take the chance and Gwilt pulled off a good save to deny Adam McGeorge.

Then in the last minute of normal time, Bays broke and fed the ball to Dillon Barnett on the left flank. He ran in towards the goal, shot past the keeper only to see the ball strike the inside of the upright and bounce across the goal into the arms of a very relieved keeper. Bays supporters who had their arms in the air in anticipation were deflated. The final whistle blew moments later  and it was all over.

A great team effort with many impressive performances.

Team:  Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Estrin (Zoghby 58), Webster, Bresnahan, Pilkington (Young 72), Kenyon, Morgan (Eeson 83), Barnett

Scorer: Bresnahan 41




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