ECB 0 Hamilton Wanderers 2 played 14 July 2012 at Bays City Park

Occasionally you get these games. Bays dominated but couldn’t find the back of the net. Passes were being intercepted at the last minute, shots were hitting opposition players, going wide or being cleared off the line. Wanderers had three good chances and put away two.

It all started well. Jason McKeown broke, passed to Dan Peat who went on a run down the left flank, crossed the ball to Kelly Escolme who was denied by Waldemar Frank, the Wanderers goalkeeper.

A Scott Campbell freekick found Escolme but his header hit the crossbar. Nathan Palmer broke through but placed his shot wide, Escolme saw his shot well saved by the keeper and a Campbell free kick was deflected for a corner.

That was the first half hour. Two minutes later Wanderers were ahead when the Bays defence failed to deal with a cross, the ball fell to an unmarked David Smith who finished from close in.

Six minutes later, Bays were two down after Graham Kay made a break on halfway, passed the ball to Smith who was in the clear, he cut in towards goal and hammered his shot past Seamus Casey.

Emmanuel Darkwa made a good run just before the break but put his shot too high.


Bays pushed more players forward to try and close the deficit but Wanderers were getting players behind the ball, doing their utmost to deny the home side.

The ball was cleared off the line and both Palmer and Campbell saw their shots hit wide. The minutes were counting down but the ball wouldn’t bounce for Bays as passes didn’t quite reach the intended player, others were closed down before they had a chance to do anything constructive.

The last twenty minutes were frantic. Escolme twice, Campbell and Julian Halkyard twice were denied scoring opportunities, but Wanderers also attacked with Deklan Wynne clearing off the line and Casey making a good save to deny Kay.

Into stoppage time and a Jack Beguely header had goal written all over it before Frank pulled off an impossible save. Brendan Wyatt and Escolme failed to put away late opportunities and it was all over.

One couldn’t fault the team for effort, it became apparent late in the game that Bays were fated not to score and they could have played for another hour without finding the back of the net.


Team: Casey, Darkwa, Beguely, Edginton (Grove 64), Wynne, Scott Campbell, Bresnahan, McKeown, Peat (Halkyard 58). Escolme, Palmer (Wyatt 74)


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