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Awful, abysmal, horrendous. The only way to describe the first half debacle against Manurewa, as Bays, unable to counteract the long ball play of the hosts. conceded four goals.
It all started well with Jack Beguely coming close in the second minute but then it went downhill. Miscommunication between Seamus Casey and Mikael Munday allowed Manurewa’s new signing, Karsten Pedersen to nip in and open the scoring, then Roussin Nkoy strolled through the defence to make it 2-0 within twenty minutes.
Bays were giving the ball away far too easily and finding themselves continually under pressure from a Manurewa side that smelled blood and Pedersen took advantage of a poor clearance to make it 3-0 in the 35th minute.
Nathan Palmer had a chance for Bays straight from the kickoff but was off target and Joe Bresnahan saw his shot cleared off the line, but with four minutes remaining in the half, another long ball was not dealt with and Hicham Kamri ran through to score number four.
The halftime break was sorely needed for Bays to regroup and to their credit they started to come back into the game and pressure the Manurewa defence.
The pressure finally paid off in the 65th minute when Jason McKeown headed home a free kick and Bays were on the board.
Scott Campbell forced a save from the Manurewa keeper, Dan Peat shot wide and Beguely was just over from a corner as Manurewa went into defence mode and their raucous support quieted. A chance was wasted as Munday and peat got in each other’s road but number two came from a break with a pass from Beguely to Peat who finished from in front.
Bays were now trying to salvage a point but the clock was always going to be against them. Jared Grove shot wide, Phil Edginton saw his header just miss and Mark Atkinson headed off the line in stoppage time.
Four goals were just too much to catch up after that awful first half.
Team: Casey, Beguely, Munday, Edginton, Wynne (Grove 64), Bresnahan, Scott Campbell, McKeown, Barnett (Darkwa 5), Peat, Palmer (Escolme 51)
Scorers: McKeown 65, Peat 80