ECB 2 Three Kings United 5 played 19/04/2014 at Bays City Park

A woeful display by East Coast Bays saw them get deservedly thumped 5-2 by Three Kings United at Bays City Park, the first time in over 10 years they have shipped five at home.


Suspension and injuries meant changes to the starting line up but they never really got going and after a scrappy opening period, the visitors, showing more desire and determination, gradually took control of the game, putting the defence under continual pressure.


Aidan Gwilt saved from Scott Wallace, Emmanuel Darkwa blocked Blair Konik and Joe Bresnahan denied Konik a second time before a great move by the visitors in the 35th minute opened the scoring. Gwilt stopped Dylan Manickum the first time but the ball bounced clear and Manickum made no mistake with the follow-up.


The same striker missed a sitter three minutes later before Bays finally started to fire a few shots in anger. Dan Peat had a drive saved by the keeper, Dillon Barnett was put through by Bresnahan, his cross found Peat but his shot was cleared off the line and Shota Nakagawa had his drive turned for a corner.


Hope that things would turn around following the break were quickly dashed with a flurry of goals in a ten minute scoring frenzy. A header from an unmarked Wallace doubled Three Kings’ lead but within a minute Bays had pulled one back when a Barnett cross eluded everyone to end up in the back of the net.


Three Kings then extended their lead when a cross was not cut out and Wallace was able to turn the ball into an unguarded net. Five minutes later, Wallace had  his hat trick when he headed home from a corner and Bays were down by three with thirty minutes to go.


A Bresnahan drive was saved, Gwilt denied Konik, Bresnahan had two chances blocked and Peat drove just over as play surged back and forth. The visitors then made the game safe in the 70th minute when Manickum scored his second.


Jason McKeown and Bresnahan had chances, as did Manickum and Alex Waimora for Three Kings.


A  consolation goal for Bays in the 89th minute, when Barnett got a touch to a McKeown free kick, made the scoreboard look a little better.  However things will have to improve by Friday when Bays take on Bay Olympic at Olympic Park.


Team: Gwilt, Darkwa, Carpenter, Crawford (Smith 56), Scopini,  Bresnahan, McKeown, Nakagawa, Barnett, Baker (Peat 19), Hoffman


Scorers:  Barnett 51,  89


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