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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Set piece plays are worked on hard at training but don’t always pay the dividends they did against Manurewa where four of the six goals that Bays scored came from corners, free kicks and long throws.
After a week of heavy rain, the day was fine and crisp, perfect conditions for playing football and the pitch was in pristine condition. Manurewa belied their lowly league placing with a series of early attacks with Hickham Kamri prominent, forcing Dave Ellensohn and the defence to get involved in the game quickly and effectively to keep the visitors out.
Having weathered the early storm, Bays got back into the game and started to pressure the Manurewa defence. Luiz Del Monte was blocked and Mikael Munday was frustrated twice. At the other end, Kieran Nevey was just over with an attempt on goal.
It took a little over half an hour for the deadlock to be broken. A long throw from Brock Messenger was not dealt with by the Manurewa defence and Munday scrambled the ball home on the second attempt to give Bays the lead.
Three minutes later, in the best move of the half, Eric Jones-Seekie was given the ball down the right flank, he bamboozled two defenders and sent over a cross that Kelly Escolome was perfectly placed to head past the Manurewa keeper only to be denied by an offside call.
Half time came with Bays ahead by one.
Following the break, Bays continued their assault on the Manurewa defences. A Jason McKeown corner was cleared off the line and the Manurewa keeper saved the rebound. But just past the hour the Manurea defence finally cracked.
Baptiste Azame headed over from a McKeown free kick. From the resultant goal kick, Joe Bresnahan won the ball and passed to Nathan Buswell who took off down the right. Cutting in towards the penalty area he crossed the ball through the Manurewa defence where a delighted Munday was unmarked to score his, and Bays, second goal.
Three minutes later, Manurewa were penalised and McKeown’s kick was nodded home by Azame to make it 3-0.
Another corner was won and this time Phil Edginton was first to McKeown’s cross and his header made it 4-0 with three goals in seven minutes.
Manurewa were tiring rapidly and the defence was struggling to hold off Bays.
Azame was just over and the Manurewa keeper, Louie Caunter, denied both Buswell and Dillon Barnett with a couple of fine saves.
Inside the last ten minutes another Azame header from a McKeown corner made it 5-0 while Edginton helped himself to another with a close range strike.
Caunter made two good saves in stoppage time to deny Bays any further goals.
A slow start but an excellent second half performance putting Bays into second place.
Team: Ellensohn, Messenger, Edginton, Carpenter, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, Munday, Del Monte (Azame 60), Jones-Seekie (Buswell 52), Escolme (Barnett 75)
Scorers: Munday 36, 62; Azame 65, 81; Edginton 69, 85
The Development Team scored their second win of the season with a 2-1 win over Manurewa. Jared Grove scored just before the break and Alec Solomons in his first game back from injury, headed the second from an Elliot Dooley cross.