Three Kings United 2 ECB 1 played 17/08/2013

East Coast Bays virtually surrendered their championship hopes by squandering numerous chances to score, losing to Three Kings United on a rain-swept Keith Hay Park.

Bays dominated the game for long periods and should have had the match sewn up by halftime, creating so many chances but only putting one away. It was very frustrating from the sideline watching the wrong options taken when in scoring position time and time again.

Bays dominated the first twenty-five minutes with Luiz Del Monte creating havoc wide on the right with a series of crosses that had the Three Kings defence floundering. Eric Jones-Seekie missed chances as did Jason Hicks, Jason McKeown thumped his drive against the upright and a great build up involving Baptiste Azame, and Del Monte was wasted when Joe Bresnahan

volleyed over the  crossbar.

Three Kings then forced Alex Carr into parrying a strike and then hit the crossbar from the rebound, but Bays struck back with Jones-Seekie just wide after a Del Monte through ball and Del Monte forcing a fine save by keeper Ryan Lilleby.

Del Monte was then involved when Bays finally scored. A long cross from the right found Jack Beguely at the far post, he squared the ball across the goalmouth and Jones- Seekie guided the ball into the net.

It was hoped that Bays would continue their dominance in the second half and they did but without troubling the Three Kings defence as much. The loss of Del Monte to a niggle at half time was a blow.

Azame forced the keeper into a good save but bays seemed to lose their way in front of goal and Three Kings got the scent that they might be able to pull something off.

With twenty minutes remaining, Bays conceded a corner. Neil Sykes’ inswinger was not called for, the ball brushed the head of a Bays player and ended up in the back of the net. Three Kings were level.

Three Kings were now back in the game with a vengeance as Bays panicked in front of goal, wasting further opportunities to put the game away.

Then with eight minutes remaining, came the inevitable. Three Kings on attack the ball crossed and not cleared and Allan Pearce with back to goal, pulls off an overhead kick, the ball is in the back of the net and Three Kings lead.

More wasted chances, the final whistle blows, Bays lose, the Premiership is out of their hands even if they beat Birkenhead next week.


Team: Carr, Beguely (Escolme 76), Carpenter, Edginton, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown,  Azame (Barnett 62), Hicks, Del Monte (Buswell 46), Jones-Seekie.


Scorer:  Jones-Seekie 36


The Development Team finished their season with a fine 4-0 win over Three Kings Reserves. Elliott Dooley got a brace with Brock Messengert and John White completing the scoring. We won’t mention the penalty miss, David


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