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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
It needed a 91st minute strike to claim all the points from a game that bays should have had wrapped up by half time, but the inability to finish attacking situations almost resulted in the dropping of two points.
Forrest Hill were facing relegation if they lost and this tends to concentrate the mind .With the bumpy pitch causing all sorts of grief in the passing department it was not surprising that the first strike went to the home side a cracking drive from Mirko Mamic that called for an excellent save from Aidan Gwilt.
Bays hit back with Jason McKeown sending Chris Trent away down the left flank, the cross was good, but no one was there to meet it. This was not the only time this would happen.
Bays were applying the pressure and should have scored when Tim Pilkington
Beat the offside trap only to miskick right in front of goal. Dan Peat’s scoring woes continued, his first shot was wide and his second chance following a Dan Morgan long throw to Joe Bresnahan, who put Peat clear saw a weak shot straight at the keeper.
Pilkington had another strike saved by Tamati Williams who was kept busy in goal.
Jeff Campbell had a drive turned for a corner and Pilkington had another shot cleared off the line, Trent was denied by an outstretched foot at the last minute and peat had a drive blocked by Williams.
Then with six minutes remaining in the half, Bays finally broke through. Trent funneled a pass to Pilkington his shot was parried away and Campbell was on hand to open the scoring with a low drive into the corner of the net that gave Williams no chance.
It could have been more before the half time whistle. A Morgan throw found Peat, his drive beat everyone but cannoned off the upright and moments later
He again failed to put away another chance.
Forrest Hill must have taken heart from Bays ineptitude in front of goal because they came out for the second half with renewed confidence and took the game to Bays. Mikael Munday launched a drive that forced Gwilt to make a good save, and for the first time Bays were under some pressure.
The equalizer came just on the hour. A high cross was sent over from the right, Gwilt had trouble holding it as it dipped towards the goal and Ryan Tippet bundled the ball into the net.
Play now swung back and forth. Ryan Zoghby made a great run from the back, beat several players but his final shot was of target. Peat set off on a run and his shot was almost netted by a defender, with Williams managing to get a hand to ball stopping it from crossing the line.
Both Zoghby and Jack Beguely were outstanding in the heart of the Bays defence and Beguely blocked a break which could have led to Forrest Hill taking the lead.
Julyan Halkyard should have done better in the closing minutes but shot straight weakly at the keeper and it looked as if the points would be shared.
Indeed the game was in stoppage time when Zoghby won the ball and assed to Campbell who sent a long pass out to Ric Sheehan who had recently come on as replacement for Pilkington. Sheehan cut in from the sideline, beat a defender and crossed the ball to Campbell who had made his way into the Forrest Hill penalty area and he made no mistake from close range to the delight of the Bays bench.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Zoghby, Morgan, Bresnahan, Campbell, McKeown, Pilkington (Sheehan 84), Peat (Darkwa 82), Trent (Halkyard 46)
Scorers: Campbell 39, 91