ECB 3 Bay Olympic 1 played 26/08/2014 at North Harbour Stadium

It was a very open game with many chances created but so few finished off. Had both teams marksmen been on target the final score could have been in the region of 10-5 or thereabouts.

 

Bays started quickly on the immaculate number 4 pitch at North Harbour Stadium, although the dual markings for rugby and football were causing some confusion, especially along the sidelines. A first minute strike by Joe Bresnahan was stopped by keeper Louis Caunter but three minutes later, some great interplay down the right flank led to Bresnahan netting from close range to give Bays an early lead.

 

Deklan Wynne and Luiz del Monte were both off-target and it wasn’t until the twelfth minute that Olympic really got into the Bays half but James Pritchett was blocked by Bresnahan and the subsequent corner was wasted..

 

Bays were dominating and Del Monte again came close while Mario Hofmann was denied by Caunter. At the other end an Olympic break, came close with Aidan Gwilt scrambling the ball off the line following some shambolic defending.

 

Just short of the half hour Bays were awarded a free kick. Wynne pushed the ball through to Dillon Barnett who made a great run down the left flank before crossing the ball to Del Monte who placed a great strike high into the net to double the lead.

 

An Andre De Jong run through the Olympic defence was denied by the keeper and Barnett was  adjudged offside when through on goal before Olympic got back in the game. Craig Wyllie broke down the left and from an acute angle managed to cross the ball over Gwilt and into the net.

 

In the minutes leading up to the half time break, Hofmann had a shot saved by the keeper and Barnett had three chances but was unable to convert any.

 

Bays continued the pressure early in the second half with both Del Monte and Kris Carpenter having shots saved by Caunter, while a great move involving Wynne and De Jong came to naught when Barnett missed a sitter.

 

An injury to Baptiste Azame forced him from the field and Bays had to regroup being a defender down

 

Olympic were not immune to wastefulness, missing an easy header from a corner and just before the hour, some slack Bays defending saw Gwilt’s clearance charged down and the ballooning off the upright.

 

Del Monte was wide with two strikes and Barnett again off target before Olympic then missed an absolute sitter, which could have turned the game.

 

With six minutes remaining, Bays finally scored again when a Bresnahan shot was bundled over the line by Dylan Stansfield. They had the ball in the net again moments later but it was ruled out for a foul on the keeper.

 

With two minutes left of normal time, Gwilt pulled off a great save to deny Olympic and right on time Judd Baker was blocked for a corner.

 

A good win, and three points on Saturday could cement second place.

 

Team: Gwilt, Darkwa,  Carpenter, Azame (Peat 53), Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong,  Hofmann (Baker 80), Del Monte, Barnett (Stansfield 71)

 

Scorers:  Bresnahan 4, Del Monte 25, Stansfield 84




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