Bay Olympic 0 ECB 6 played 25/04/2014 at Olympic Park, New Lynn

Three players back and what a turnaround!  It took just three minutes for Bays to open the scoring when the Bay Olympic defence failed to pick up Andre De Jong who cut down the right flank and crossed to an unmarked Dillon Barnett who side footed home from right in front.


This was the start of an onslaught from which Bay Olympic never recovered and had Bays been more clinical in front of goal, the score could have easily reached double figures.


It hadn’t started well with Kris Carpenter failing a fitness test during warm-up and Luiz Del Monte unavailable through injury, but Deklan Wynne and De Jong  were back in action after missing the Three Kings game.


Both players made an immediate impact, De Jong with his break to set up the first goal and Wynne causing problems down the left flank as Bays kept the pressure on Bay Olympic with Barnett wide from a free kick and Judd Baker heading over from a corner.


Bays increased their lead in the 19th minute when De Jong got the ball in midfield, beat two defenders and hit a twenty metre drive past the Olympic keeper.


The pressure continued and nine minutes later, Baker won the ball in the middle of the park, passed to Barnett, who took off down the right flank, crossed the ball and it was turned into his own net by an Olympic defender.


Bays were now rampant, the Olympic keeper, Zane Green saved at the feet of Barnett, Jason McKeown should have scored moments later but blasted his shot over the bar.


In the dying minutes of the half, Baker was in with a chance but elected to pass the ball to Barnett, who took too many touches and was robbed of the ball. The ensuing corner was cleared off the line and both teams took a break.


It was all Bays in the second half and Mario Hoffman spurned three good chances in the first ten minutes of the half, while Baker was denied twice by the keeper and once by poor finishing.


Goal number four came in the 67th minute when a De Jong  break was finished off by Hoffman.


Green pulled off a great save from a Barnett drive but was helpless minutes later when Dan Peat won the ball from a throw in, crossed into the area and McKeown smashed the ball into the top of the net.


A Wynne run and cross from the left was not met by the strikers but with eight minutes remaining, Hoffman was put through and made no mistake to notch his second for the game and number six for Bays.


Peat had two chances late in the game but poor finishing spoilt both and with time ticking away, Aidan Gwilt, who had largely been unemployed during the game was alert enough to pull off a good save from an Olympic break.


A superb team effort, with Baptiste Azame and Elias Scopini solid in defence, while Emmanuel Darkwa and Wynne kept the pressure on Olympic with continuous forays down the flanks. A man of the match performance from De Jong who with captain Joe Bresnahan dominated midfield.


The strikers got a few but should have had many more.


Team:   Gwilt, Darkwa (Crawford 81), Scopini, Azame, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong (Nakagawa 83),  Barnett, Hoffman, Baker (Peat 71)


Scorers:  Barnett 3, De Jong 19, og 28, Hoffman 67,82,  McKeown 78


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