ECB 5 Onehunga Sports 2 played 2 June 2012 at Waikaraka Park

East Coast Bays deservedly took the points off Onehunga Sports at Waikaraka Park in a game that started brightly but deteriorated in the second half into a scrappy contest.

 

Bays were on attack straight from the kick off, good play by Dillon Barnett and Dan Peat set up Nathan Palmer who missed from right in front of the Onehunga goal.

The goal kick went to Scott Campbell who chipped the keeper from 25 metres to open Bays’ account.

Bays continued their assault and the Onehunga keeper saved another three attempts from Palmer.

The home side had their first good chance on goal from a twentieth minute free kick but the shot was well wide.

The second Bays goal came in the 25th minute when Joe Bresnahan put Palmer away on the right and his cross was finished off by Peat.

Palmer had the ball in the net seven minutes later only to be ruled offside.

With injury to Aidan Gwilt, Seamus Casey was making his first team debut in goal and he pulled off a great save to deny Onehunga from a corner.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Bresnahan was brought down in the box by the keeper and Peat converted from the spot to give Bays a 3-0 lead.

Casey then blocked a Sean Lovemore drive to deny Onehunga again before the whistle blew for the break.

 

Onehunga came out firing after the break and Casey saved a piledriver from Tim Hayhow before Lovemore scored with a powerful drive that gave Casey no chance.

Four minutes later Palmer finally got on the scoresheet when he got in behind the defence to slot home and Scott Campbell made it 5-1 just on the hour when he scored his second goal.

With a Chatham Cup game on Monday, Willy Gerdsen made changes, resting McKeown and Jack Beguely and giving Phil Edginton some game time along with Emmanuel Darkwa.

Onehunga kept pressing and Casey pulled off another great save before being beaten by a drive from Eder Franchini in the 74th minute.

An Onehunga free kick was denied by the wall, Casey cleared an inswinging corner and Leigh Kenyon got some time back on the park after being out of action for some weeks with a head injury.

Sadly the quality of football deteriorated in the latter stages, not helped by some insipid refereeing and it was fortunate no one got injured.

 

A great debut from Casey who made some fine saves, Reward for Scott Campbell for some hard work over the last few games and an overall good performance from the team.

 

Team: Casey, Messenger, Beguely (Edginton 67), Munday, Wynne, Bresnahan, Scott Campbell, McKeown (Darkwa 57), Barnett, Palmer, Peat (Kenyon 79)

 

Scorers: Scott Campbell 3, 60, Peat 25, 41 pen, Palmer




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