ECB Central United 2 played 11 April 2015 at Bays City Park

An insipid first half cost East Coast Bays their first win of the season.

It all started well. In the first minute Jack Beguely broke down the right and crossed the ball into the penalty area where Kieran McMinn was just beaten to the ball by the Central keeper.

Dillon Barnett was just wide with a drive from the edge of the penalty area and Beguely himself was too slow to get on to a ball into the box.

That’s where it came to an end as Bays were suddenly unable to string two passes together, gifting the ball to Central, time and time again.

Aidan Gwilt was forced to make a save from Vincent Pineau as Central got back into the game and in the 21st minute they paid for it.

Avi Estrin was too slow in getting to the ball, Central swept forward and Dale Bennetto was on hand to put the ball into the net giving the visitors the lead.

Play continued back and forth, a Lee Robinson header was just over and at the other end Pineau had a chance but put it wide.

As the half wound down, Bays became more and more defensive as Central were first to any loose ball and right on half time they went 2-0 up when a cross into the area found the Bays defence missing in action and Pineau had time to pick his spot and put a low drive past Gwilt.

 

Central dominated the early part of the second half, keepingOlla Gwilt busy, but Bays started to get back into the game only to find the young Central keeper, Keegan Ashdown-Inia in great form. He denied Barnett, Jack Anderson and Zane Olla with a series of excellent saves.

A lifeline came in the 80th minute when Estrin was dumped in the box and Joe Bresnahan converted the penalty.

Bays launched everything at the Central defence. A Beguely cross was missed by all and Central cleared off the line deep into stoppage time.

No late equaliser this time and a third loss for Bays.

 

Team: Gwilt, Pitts (Zwetsloot 75), James Anderson, Bresnahan, Estrin, Barnett, Peat (Jack Anderson 46),  Olla, Beguely, Robinson, McMinn (White 64)

 

Scorer: Bresnahan (pen) 80




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