ECB 2 Eastern Suburbs 0 played 14 April 2012 at Bays City Park

East Coast Bays missed three absolute sitters but still strolled to a 2-0 victory over Eastern Suburbs at Bays City Park on Saturday.

Bays attacked right from the first whistle and a cross from Scott Campbell found Nathan Palmer but his header was saved.

Two minutes later they won a free kick on the edge of the box, the ball found Dillon Barnett but his shot was just wide.

Bays dominated play for the next twenty five minutes without threatening to score,  but lost Leigh Kenyon to a head clash that required six stitches.

They finally opened their account just after the half hour, when Deklan Wynn took the ball down the left flank and crossed for an unmarked Kelly Escolme to steer home from close range.

Both Palmer and Escolme had shots saved before Suburbs had their first real chance to threaten but Paulo Montino  was blocked by Jack Beguely and right on the interval, Palmer was denied by keeper Sean Dowling.


Bays continued to dominate the second half and Palmer was again denied by Dowling.

A Suburbs corner was cleared off the Bays goal line and play moved swiftly down field. Joe Bresnahan set up Palmer but he somehow managed to spoon the chance over the bar when it would have been easier to score.

However three minutes later Palmer made amends for this miss by finishing off a great move started by Barnett who put a pass through to Dan Peat and his cross was put away by Palmer to give Bays a 2-0 lead.

Bays were now rampant and Palmer had a shot blocked by Dowling, the ball bounced to Peat and his shot was cleared off the line.

Peat should have added to the score just on the hour but shot wide and Palmer made a great run spoilt by wayward finishing.

Peat was trying to add to his tally over the previous weekend, but had a shot saved by Dowling and put another chance wide late in the game and Beguely also missed a chance late in the game.

The final score was 2-0 but his could have been easily doubled or trebled, but the three points keeps Bays top of the table.


Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Edginton (Munday 74), Beguely, Wynne, Kenyon (Escolme 21), Bresnahan, Scott Campbell (Darkwa 79), McKeown, Peat, Palmer.


Scorers:  Escolme 31, Palmer 57


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