Onehunga Sports 2 ECB 0 played 30/08/2014 at Waikaraka Park

Two injuries during warmup, coupled with players on Under 20 duty, saw a seriously understrength side go down 2-0 to Onhunga Sports, thus ending any chance of a second place finish.

 

Luiz Del Monte had the first chance from a free kick but his shot was just over the bar and a Nick Sugden cross caused problems with the Onehunga defence before being scrambled away.

 

Onehunga then had a shot hit the crossbar, bounce down and cleared off the line in an opening fifteen minute spell.

 

Play then descended to mediocrity until just past the half hour when a Sean Lovemore strike from some 25 metres managed to find its way through a forest of legs ending up in the corner of the net, giving Onehunga the lead.

 

Bays had to defend a couple of further attacks until the half came to an end marred only by some strange refereeing decisions.

 

Hopes that the quality of football would improve in the second half were dashed early on. Lovemore put two chances over the bar and Aidan Gwilt made a good save to deny Josh Ming while at the other end, Del Monte was just wide and a Kris Carpenter header from a corner cannoned off the upright to safety.

 

Substitute Connor Daw made a great tackle to foil an Onehunga break , but with six minutes remaining and bays pressing for an equaliser another Onehunga break saw Gwilt parry  the first strike only for Akira Maeda was n hand to finish from close range.

 

Sadly the season finished with a whimper, blighted by injury, suspension and international commitments. Mid table it will be.

 

Team:  Gwilt, Barnett, Carpenter, Bresnahan, Darkwa,  McKeown, Peat, Anderson (Daw 75), Baker, Del Monte, Sugden (White 61)




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