ECB 2 Waitakere City 1 played 16.07/2011 at Bays City Park

A late penalty meant a nervous last seven or eight minutes for East Coast Bays supporters as a rejuvenated Waitakere City threatened to take a point from the game. The visitors although pressing at times, had been well contained until then, thanks to some outstanding defensive work from the keeper and the back four.

Both sides like to play football, the passing was crisp and play flowed back and forth as both sides attacked, defended and countered.

Milos Nikolic struck the first shot in anger when his fourth minute strike was blocked by the Waitakere keeper.

Aidan Gwilt produced a fine save in the 22nd minute to deny Waitakere and just past the half hour he denied Jason Beeston, tipping his drive over the crossbar.

Waitakere’s keeper was also in action, denying both Nikolic and Jeff Campbell.

With time running out in the first half, Dan Morgan was put through by Campbell and he angled a fine shot past the keeper to give Bays the lead just before the halftime break.

The second half was more of the first. Waitakere keeper Stefan Schmid pulled off a great one-handed save to deny Campbell, and the same player was to be denied minutes later when following a great run and cross my Morgan, he shot straight at Schmid.

The second goal in the 67th minute was well executed. Leigh Kenyon crossed the ball into the Waitakere goalmouth, Alec Solomons got up well to head the ball back across the goal and Nikolic ws on hand to bundle the ball into the net.

Bays were now putting pressure on Waitakere. Nikolic saw his cross deflected for a corner, Kenyon and Jason McKeown were wide and Ryan Zoghby surged forward, had his first shot blocked and put the rebound over the bar.

Then with five minutes remaining, Waitakere were awarded a penalty which Jason Beeston duly converted. Bays got the wobbles and Waitakere smelled the chance of an equalizer. However the defence held and Bays came away with the points.


Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Zoghy, Morgan,, Kenyon (Trent 79), Bresnahan, Campbell, Pilkington (Solomons 53, Nikolic, McKeown


Scorers: Morgan 44, Nikolic 67


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