Bays exit Chatham Cup in thriller

Down to ten men and losing 4-2, Bays scored a dramatic stoppage time goal and came close to forcing the game into extra time in a cracking game that had the large crowd thoroughly entertained throughout the 96 minutes that it lasted.
I was a game that East Coast Bays could have won had they taken their chances, but missed opportunities, a couple of unlucky calls and the bounce of the ball all contributed to their exit from the Chatham Cup.
Bay Olympic deservedly beat Bays earlier in the season at Bays City Park and were the home side on this occasion but it was the visitors who had the first chance to open the scoring in the sixth minute when Dan Peat was taken out by Olympic’s keeper, Chris Marsh. Surprisingly, Jack Beguely stepped up to take the kick, his shot was saved by Marsh, the third time in succession that Bays had missed from the spot at this venue, having done so twice last season.
Both sides were out to play good football and it was attack and counter, keeping the crowd on their toes.
Phil Edginton did well to block an Olympic drive and Marsh dived at Dillon Barnett’s feet to deny him, with Barnett coming off second best in the collision.
Seamus Casey saved a Colin Gardyne pile driver, Peat was put through by Scott Campbell but his shot was just wide as both attacks kept the respective defences on the their toes.
Then in the 35th minute, Casey was adjudged to have brought down Gardyne in the box and Robbie Greenhalgh showed how a penalty should be taken to give Olympic the lead.
A goal up, Olympic pressed, Casey saved again from Gardyne, the resulting corner was hit to the far post, finding an unmarked Nathan Strom who headed into the net, doubling Olympic’s lead.
Both Peat and Joe Bresnahan missed chances while just on the break, Casey pulled off another good save.

Jeff Campbell came on for an injured Barnett in the second half and Nathan Palmer was denied by the Olympic defence who conceded a corner. Bays were pressing hard to get on the scoresheet, but a quick break by Olympic saw the ball move to James Pritchett who crossed to an unmarked Joe Edwards who gave Casey no chance from close range.
It seemed that it was all over, but there was still more to come as just past the hour, Beguely was brought down in the box. Scott Campbell took the penalty and squeezed his shot past Marsh to finally break the Bays penalty hoodoo and put them on the board.
Jeff Campbell came close with a free kick and then in the 74th minute, Bays were back in the game. An attack was partly cleared, the ball was sent back in to the goalmouth and a beleaguered Oympic defence put the ball into their own net.
Olympic were rocked, a poor clearance by Strom put them under pressure but Beguely couldn’t put the chance away.
Then with just over ten minutes remaining, Edginton picked up his second yellow card and Bays were a player down.
A quick break came to nothing, Palmer had a shot blocked and a great shout for hand ball in the penalty area was turned down.
Olympic then took advantage of the extra man, Yoji Tanabe made a break down the left flank, crossed the ball and Jono Key finished off. 4-2 Olympic.
Olympic then bungled a good chance as the game moved into stoppage time.
Good work by Emmanuel Darkwa and Jeff Campbell allowed Palmer to score and it was suddenly all on again with the clock the ultimate arbiter.
A Jeff Campbell corner in the 96th minute was heading into the goal but Marsh just got a hand to it and diverted it wide.
The whistle went and it was all over for Bays.
Although defeated, Willy and Rod were very proud of their players who gave all. On another day it could have been a different result.

Team: Casey, Beguely, Edginton, Munday, Wynne (Darkwa 68), Scott Campbell, Bresnahan, McKeown, Barnett (Jeff Campbell 46), Peat (Messenger 58), Palmer.

Scorers: Scott Campbell pen 61, og 71, Palmer 92


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