Melville United 0 ECB 2 played 27/04/2015 at Gower Park

East Coast Bays finally got their first win of the season, on a slippery Gower Park, over a struggling Melville side. The first winter weather of the season had dowsed the pitch over the preceding days, leaving doubt if the game would take place.


Take place it did under falling rain with players struggling to keep their footing. Bays were the most assertive, with Dillon Barnett warming the Melville keeper’s palms in the first two minutes.


After the poor performance on Saturday, resulting in injures and suspension, changes were made, so 15 year old Trevor Zwetsloot got his first start of the season. Ground conditions made passing difficult and it took a while for players to adjust.


Gradually Bays gained control of the play spending much time camped in the Melville half, forcing corner after corner. Avi Estrin had a drive saved, James Anderson was blocked, as was Kieran McMinn.


Just on the half hour, the Melville defence was finally breached from a corner. The ball didn’t get cleared and bobbled around the goal line before Jack Anderson finally forced the ball over the line.


The second goal arrived eight minutes later when Melville gave away a free kick. Jason McKeown sent the ball into the box for Zane Olla to head past the keeper.


Bays continued to dominate the remainder of the half with both James Anderson and Estrin denied by defenders.


The second half was ten minutes old before either defence was troubled. Melville broke down the right flank but the cross was missed by all players ending up as a Bays throw in.


Just short of the hour a Barnett cross was saved by the Melville keeper,  who got enough on the ball to deflect it past Jack Anderson. The sun then came out as the keeper also saved an Olla drive.


Melville had their best chance in the 76th minute following a break, but the chance was butchered. The pace of Jack Beguely was destroying most Melville long ball passes to the forwards and the home side were reduced to shooting from distance often inaccurately, not troubling Aidan Gwilt.


A much improved performance with the back four of Zwetsloot, James Anderson, Lee Robinson and Estrin very hard to get past.  Midfield were able to keep hold of the ball and support the strikers. Three valuable points to kick start the season.


Team: Gwilt, Zwetsloot, Robinson, James Anderson, Estrin, Beguely, McKeown, Olla, Barnett, Jack Anderson (White 79), McMinn (Pillay 86)

Scorers:  Jack Anderson 30, Olla 38


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