ECB 1 Birkenhead United 2 played 13/04/2013 at Bays City Park

East Coast Bays had trouble throughout the game defending corners and it was a stoppage time header by Stuart Hogg from a Jack Hobson-McVeigh corner that proved decisive giving the visitors a 2-1 victory and spoiling Bays early run in the league.


It had been a few years since both teams were in the same league and there was a good crowd for the only local derby that North Harbor teams would participate in.


Birkenhead had the first strike in anger with David Ellensohn comfortably handling James Lawson’s effort. At the other end Nathan Buswell was foiled by a timely  intervention from Sam Jasper and Buswell saw a second chance go just wide of the upright.


Ryan Howlett had a good chance for Birkenhead from a free kick but his shot went wide.


Bays should have opened the scoring in the 38th minute when Brock Messenger found himself in front of goal with only the keeper to beat,  but he appeared to freeze and sent a weak shot towards goal that the keeper saved easily.


With just two minutes remaining , a silly foul saw Birkenhead awarded a penalty which Hobson-McVeigh despatched into the corner of the net giving the visitors the lead at the break.


Bays were level within sixty seconds of the restart as Buswell got the ball, swiveled and smacked a drive past John Fletcher, giving the keeper no chance.

Dillon Barnett had the ball in the net minutes later only to have it disallowed for offside.


Birkenhead refused to give up and countered,  giving Ellensohn a good workout as he pulled off a number of good saves.


At the other end of the field Bays were denied by some good defending. Just when it seemed the points would be shared, a corner was given away and Birkenhead made Bays pay.


Team:  Ellensohn,  Messenger ( Wyatt 72),  Darkwa,  Edginton, Wynne, Bresnahan, Azame (Del Monte 59), McKeown, Barnett, Escolme, Buswell (Peat 72)


Scorer:  Buswell 46


The Development Team put on a listless performance losing 2-1 to Birkenhead. The score could have been much worse had not Birkenhead missed a truckload of chances.


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