Melville 2 ECB 2 played 02/07/2011 at Gower Park

A fantastic start with two goals up in three minutes, a bad miss would have made it 3-0, four minutes later. A dodgy penalty to Melville, they’re back in the game, scores equal at halftime, by then Bays have lost two of their strikers to injury and a nailbiting second half with Melville missing several great chances and Bays hanging on for a point.

It was a dream start to the game. After 90 seconds, Dillon Barnett broke through, the keeper parried the first strike, but Barnett was quickest to the rebound and Bays were a goal up.

Melville kicked off, lost the ball and Bays attacked. Milos Nikolic was fouled on the edge of the box. The took the kick himself and buried it in the top corner of the net giving keeper Neil Mouncher, no chance and it was 2-0 in the third minute.

Aidan Gwilt brought off a good save from a Melville free kick, then Dan Peat was put through by Barnett but put his shot over the bar when he should have done better.

Play see-sawed back and forth, Jeff Campbell saw his drive fumbled by Mouncher but Barnett this time put the rebound over the crossbar.

Eugene Heerschap broke through but was blocked by Jack Beguely, then just past the half hour, a Melville player was fouled and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Spectators with a far better view than I had, said the foul occurred half a metre outside the box but Ceri James made no mistake from the spot and Melville were back in the game.

A couple of bad two footed, studs up tackles went unpunished, although players required treatment and it was while Bays had a player off the field that Melville equalized when Mike Thompson netted with a fine drive that gave Gwilt no chance.

The teams were level at halftime.

The second half began with Bays minus two of their strike force with both Barnett and Nikolic forced off due to injury. Melville launched a series of attacks and in the space of three minutes Ryan Zoghby headed clear off the line, one of the their strikers missed a sitter and another struck the upright. This was a forerunner of the second half a apart from a few isolated breaks by Bays, Melville were on attack, searching for the winner.

It didn’t come due to some inept finishing and very good defending as Bays hung on for a point.


Team:  Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Zoghby, Morgan, Kenyon,  McKeown, Campbell, Barnett (Pilkington 40), Nikolic (Solomons 46), Peat (Young 74).


Scorers:  Barnett 2, Nikolic 3


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