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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Whether the referee is good or poor, most teams can adapt as long as the rulings are consistent. What upsets coaches and players is when a referee blows up an offence but gives different rulings each time. This leads to frustration. I don’t know what effect the man in the middle had on his assistants, but the assistant on my side of the park looked like a possum caught in the headlights of a very large truck as he struggled to keep up with play.
The game started at a brisk pace with movement from end to end, with Glenfield forcing an early corner and Dan Peat and Mario Hofmann replying with strikes on goal.
Glenfield opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Mike Gwyther broke through the defence. Aidan Gwilt blocked the first strike but Gwyther put away the rebound.
Bays levelled six minutes later, when an Andre De Jong corner was headed in by Baptiste Azame.
Steven Holloway saw his strike hit the upright following a fine passing move while at the other end a lame effort from Peat spoilt a chance for Bays.
Just on the half hour some great defending by Dillon Barnett denied Glenfield.
De Jong struck wide from in front and with five minutes remaining a great passing move split the Bays defence and Holloway finished off in style to give Glenfield the lead again.
Following the half time break, Glenfield were back on attack and a Gwyther cross was headed over by Holloway, then just on the hour Gwyther got his second from a low drive following a botched clearance.
Glenfield were pressing to finish the game off and hit the upright and Gwilt tipped a free kick over the bar.
The introduction of Luiz Del Monte made a difference for Bays as he made a break, his shot hit the upright and De Jong was on hand to put away the rebound.
Unfortunately for Bays, Barnett was robbed of the ball and Holloway had an easy tap in to give Glenfield a 4-2 lead.
Del Monte then hit the upright from a free kick before Hofmann made a break and steered the ball past Tamati Williams to bring Bays back into the game.
The last ten minutes saw both teams get a bit tetchy with the number of poor decisions from the officials who were not covering themselves in glory by letting serious fouls go and then blowing up for something minor.
With two minutes of normal time remaining the Bays defence started to struggle, a poor clearance found Andrew Milne who drove into the top of the net and a minute later, all alone, he placed a shot into the corner of the net to make it an emphatic win for the NRFL champions.
Those who said it was going to be a high scoring game were correct. A pity about the officials, the teams deserved better.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Carpenter, Azame, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong, Stansfield (Del Monte 66), Hofmann, Peat (Anderson 77)
Scorers: Azame 23, De Jong 68, Hofmann 79