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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
An entertaining match saw Onehunga Sports take their chances while Bays inability to finish off chances cost them the game.
Onehunga were quickest out of the blocks and took control of the game while Bays were still getting organised. Stuart Holthusen was put through in the sixth minute from a quick break but this shot was diverted.
On the ninth minute the visitors were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Ross Haviland’s shot hit the bottom of the wall, took a wicked deflection and gave Aidan Gwilt no chance.
Bays hit back and the Onehunga keeper, Alex Gibson, pulled off a good save at the feet of Andre De Jong.
Onehunga then had a chance when Akira Maeda was free but he shot wide, while at the other end Emmanuel Darkwa shot from twenty metres out, his strike eluded the keeper only to hit the corner of the crossbar and upright and bounce to safety.
Play was back and forth, attack and counter, with both teams creating chances, but unable to convert.
With five minutes remaining in the half, a Bays attack saw De Jong hauled down in the penalty area and Joe Bresnahan equalised from the spot.
The second half saw Bays take the initiative, Kris Carpenter headed over from a corner and Gibson saved at the feet of Dillon Barnett.
However Onehunga were looking dangerous from set pieces where Kosuka Mimaki’s free kicks were causing problems and Gwilt had to tip one over the bar as it was creeping in.
Another Mimaki shot in the 66th minute was not cleared and substitute Souleymane Cissoko netted from close in.
Chasing the game again, Bays had a De Jong shot turned for a corner and Barnett was just wide.
But the hammer blow came with five minutes remaining when a stunning Cissoko volley from some 25 metres blasted into the top of the net. Bays tried to haul back but ran out of time.
Onehunga took their chances well and showed why they are top of the table. Good games from Joe Bresnahan, Andre De Jong, Kris Carpenter and Emmanuel Darkwa.
Team: Gwilt, Darkwa (Nakagawa 82), Carpenter, Scoponi, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong, Del Monte (Azame 67), Barnett, Hoffman (Peat 67)
Scorer: Bresnahan pen 40