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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
10 cards were shown in a full blooded encounter but this local derby was not a dirty game. Bays had some of their injured players back including captain Joe Bresnahan whose leadership had been sorely missed.
Glenfield had the first strike when Andrew Milne headed wide in the fifth minute just before the rain fell making the ground slippery. Bays replied from a free kick but it was cleared and the game moved back and forth with neither team able to create a good scoring chance.
The visitors were denied by Aidan Gwilt , after 17 minutes when he clawed away a Chris Bale free kick and the keeper denied Bale again just after the half hour from another free kick.
Another Bale free kick just minutes later saw the ball in the back of the net but the assistant’s flag for offside cancelled celebrations. Glenfield were pressing and Gwilt saved from Milne and another free kick on the edge of the box was blocked. Bays had a chance just before the break when Dylan Stansfield made a run down the flank but his cross was just ahead of Luiz Del Monte.
Bays came out after the break with the wind at their backs and it was Glenfield’s turn to spend time defending. Stansfield was blocked and a Deklan Wynne run and cross down the left flank found no one on the end of it.
Just after the hour a Milne free kick hit the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play while from this let off, Dan Peat broke clear only to shoot wide.
Mario Hofmann found his header blocked and Baptiste Azame headed over, then Andre De Jong had his strike blocked as Bays put pressure on Glenfield.
At the other end, Milne should have done better from in front of goal, hitting over the bar but Glenfield took the lead in the 81st minute as they made a break down the left, the ball was crossed and Allan Pearce was unmarked in front of goal and he directed his header past Gwilt into the net.
Bays kicked off, won a free kick just outside the penalty area and Kris Carpenter powered a header past Tamati Williams to level the score.
The final minutes saw both goals under siege but defence won out and a stoppage time header by Jason McKeown had the Bays fans hopeful but Williams made the save.
Some good hard football with both teams battling to the end and the consensus was that a draw was the correct result.
Team: Gwilt, Carpenter, Azame, Wynne, Barnett, Bresnahan, Del Monte (Jabir 79), McKeown, Stansfield, Hofmann (Anderson 90), Peat (De Jong 69)
Scorer: Carpenter 82