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Goal line technology would have been welcome to determine whether the first Three Kings goal actually crossed the line, but nothing else would have saved the embarrassment of the inept display that followed as Bays crumbled to another five goal flogging from Three Kings United.
The loss of Dylan Stansfield to illness the night before and Jason McKeown to injury just before kick off meant a re-shuffled team took the field at a bleak, windswept Keith Hay Park and after a bright start for the first five minutes they went behind in controversial fashion, when the referee awarded Three Kings a goal that Bays players were adamant had not crossed the line.
Three Kings were causing Bays all sorts of problems down the left flank and another attack was blocked for a corner. In the 19th minute good play by Dillon Barnett and Luiz Del Monte put Mario Hofmann through but Three Kings keeper Zac Speedy pulled off a good save at feet.
The home side increased their lead in the 25th minute when Bays conceded a free kick, which Neil Sykes placed past the wall and into the top of the net.
It was back and forth for a while until the 39th minute when Del Monte was hauled down in the goalmouth and Hofmann converted the penalty to bring Bays back into the game.
Aidan Gwilt pulled off a good save to deny Nicholas Hindson and just before the break Kris Carpenter was denied as his header was clawed off the line by Speedy.
Bays began the second half forcefully but the errors started to creep in with misplaced passes and wrong options being taken. A Del Monte cross eluded the defence but no one from Bays was close enough to take advantage.
At the other end, Blair Konick was blocked and Dylan Manickum broke through only to shoot wide. It was a Manickum break in the 69th minute, that lead to the third goal. Gwilt blocked the shot, only for the ball to rebound and hit Brad Rathbun, and bounce off him into the net. It was going to be one of those days.
Three minutes later another Three Kings break down the left was not cut out and the cross found Scott Wallace who scored from close range.
Another break in stoppage time saw the defence again caught out and Hindson put away number five.
Another bad result, much of it self inflicted.
Team: Gwilt, Darkwa, Azame, Crawford, Wynne, Carpenter, Jabir (White 80),Del Monte, Barnett, Anderson (Peat 57), Hofmann
Scorer: Hofmann pen 39