Waitakere City 0 ECB 2 played 01 April 2012 at Whenuapai

Man of the Match Mikael Munday

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Impressive debuts from Mikael Munday, 17 year old Deklan Wynne, Nathan Palmer and Scott Campbell as East Coast Bays started the season with a comfortable 2 -0 away win over Waitakere City at Fred Taylor Park on Sunday. Conditions were good for a game of football and the park was in pristine condition.

It didn’t take long for Bays to take charge and a Jason McKeown drive in the fifth minute took a deflection right into the Waitakere keeper’s hands. Ten minutes later Dan Peat warmed the keeper’s hands when he turned and shot from the edge of the box.

Crisp passing had Waitakere chasing shadows as Bays moved the ball round the field and following a great movement involving five players and the ball going the length of the park, Jack Beguely shot into the side netting with the Waitakere defence in disarray.

McKeown was denied a good chance when the ball bobbled and he then saw a drive turned for a corner which was only partly cleared back to McKeown and from 25 metres he lashed a left foot drive into the top corner of the net, to give Bays a deserved lead, plus nominating his strike as a contender for goal of the season.

Bays continued to dominate the half with defensive back four of Beguely, Phil Edginton, Mikael Munday and Deklan Wynne preventing Waitakere from having a serious shot on goal, while the midfield dominated through Jeff Campbell, Leigh Kenyon, Joe Bresnahan and Jason McKeown.

Front runners Dan Peat and Nathan Palmer kept the Waitakere defence on the  back foot.

Scot Campbell replaced Edginton at half time, fitting in seamlessly in midfield as Bresnahan dropped back in defence, and the Bays pressure continued.

Peat was put through again but his shot just cleared the crossbar. Scott Campbell saw his drive suffer the same fate and then Palmer has his shot blocked for a corner.

Jeff Campbell placed the corner kick on Palmer’s head and he nodded the ball just wide of a despairing keeper for Bays’ second goal.

A dazzling run by Beguely ended when he passed the ball instead of shooting and a Kenyon header was tipped over the bar and Peat again shot wide.

In goal Aidan Gwilt made his first save in the 76th minute when he plucked a corner cross out of the air. He’d had a couple of back passes and the odd goalkick to deal with previously, such was the dominance of Bays.

In the closing minutes Dillon Barnett broke through and was brought down in the penalty area but the referee ruled that he had fouled the defender.

Willy and Rod were delighted with the way the team played, ruing only that they would have liked a little more clinical finishing in front of goal.


Team: Gwilt, Beguely, Edginton (Scott Campbell 46), Munday, Wynne, Kenyon, Bresnahan, Jeff Campbell, McKeown, Peat (Barnett 69), Palmer (Escolme) 73


Scorers:  McKeown 25,  Palmer 54


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