ECB 3 Three Kings United 1 played 9 June 2012 at Bays City Park

It was a forgettable first half but the second half came to light with some good football and goals. A 0-0 halftime score just about sums up the first half with both teams cancelling each other out. A smart save by Seamus Casey from Luiz Del Monte and some hard work both in defence and attack by Mikael Munday were the highlights. The second half started on a much more positive note as if both teams had been given a rev up during the break. The introduction of Julian Halkyard three minutes into the half gave Bays a lot more speed down the flanks and consequently stretched the Three Kings defence. The deadlock was finally broken in the 53rd minute when Bays broke from defence, the ball was passed wide to Nathan Palmer, who got clear of this defender, cut inside and slotted the ball into the corner of the net giving custodian Mathew Upton no chance. The visitors were in no mood to lie down and equalized six minutes later. Del Monte had his shot blocked at the cost of a corner which Casey couldn’t get his hands to and Blair Konic bundled the ball into the net. Bays were back in front four minutes later with a well crafted goal. Jason McKeown on the ball in midfield, spread it wide to Deklan Wynne on the left flank, who then raced to the bye line before crossing. The ball travelled through the Three Kings defence, finding Halkyard unmarked on the right and he had an easy finish to restore Bays’ lead. Upton then made a smart save to deny Jeff Campbell and minutes later denied him again, when he palmed Campbell’s header around the upright. It was not to be third time lucky however, as Scott Campbell’s corner kick found his brother and he made no mistake from close range. The visitors then had to defend another Bays raid but refused to be counted out. As time ran out Konic made a break but wasted the opportunity with a poor finish. Then with two minutes of normal time remaining, Casey made a dive to turn away a shot that had taken a wicked deflection, and in stoppage time a Three Kings corner was scrambled clear. A good win considering six first choice players were unavailable due to injury or suspension. The move to a Development Squad has shown the value with the young players able to step up to Premier football and slot into the team seamlessly as well as giving good account of themselves. Strong games from Jack Beguely, Brock Messenger and Wynne in defence but Mikael Munday was the rock of the back four. Overall a great team effort. Team: Casey, Messenger, Beguely, Munday, Wynne, Darkwa (Grove 67), McKeown, Scott Campbell, Kenyon (Halkyard 48), Jeff Campbell, Palmer (Barnfield 84) Scorers: Palmer 53, Halkyard 63, Jeff Campbell 74


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