ECB 4 Meville United 1 played 19 May 2012 at Bays City Park

Dillon Barnett was leading goalscorer last season until derailed by injury. This year he has been filling in at attacking fullback, but returned to a striking role against Melville and celebrated by scoring all four goals.

Bays had five regular starters out of action, which included two defenders and two strikers, so they fielded one of the youngest lineups ever. At the back, 23 year old Jack Beguely was accompanied by three 17 years old players with Barnett moving up front to partner Nathan Palmer. The loss of Jeff Campbell to injury after half an hour saw him replaced by another youngster.


Making his first start, Brock Messenger was early in the action marauding forward only to see his cross diverted for a corner. Barnett saw his first attempt on goal go over the crossbar before being on the end of a through ball in the 18th minute which he coolly dispatched with a low drive past the Melville keeper to open the scoring.

The defence than had to deal with two Melville raids before another Bays attack saw Barnett strike his second goal when finishing off some good build up play.

His hat trick arrived in the 37th minute when he was on hand to poke home from a goalmouth scramble.

Bays were rampant at this stage and both Messenger with a header and Deklan Wynne with a cross came close to extending the lead. Just on half time Aidan Gwilt made a smart save to deny Melville.

Melville, to their credit, like playing football so the game swung from end to end in the second half. A great run by Barnett saw the ball crossed but Jason McKeown shot wide.

Just past the hour, McKeown set off on a run bursting through the Melville defence. His shot beat the keeper, only to hit the upright and rebound back into the hands of a relieved Neil Mouncher.

Melville were coming more in to the game but several good chances were cut down in their tracks by defenders getting their bodies in the way before anything got too close for comfort.

McKeown was denied again as the game moved from end to end.

Then with the clock running down, Barnett latched on to a poor back pass, rounded the keeper and slotted home number four.

Gwilt had to be on his toes to foil Melville who threw everything at Bays from the kickoff and deep into stoppage time, Messenger was adjudged to have brought down a Melville player illegally and Tyler Bond scored from the penalty spot.


A comfortable win with some great displays from the younger players.


Team: Gwilt, Messenger, Beguely, Darkwa, Wynne, Bresnahan, Scott Campbell, Jeff Campbell (Barnfield 30), (Grove 88), McKeown, Barnett, Palmer (Halkyard 81)


Scorers: Barnett 18, 27, 37, 89


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