ECB 6 Waitakere City 1 played 02/05/2015 at Bays City Park

A Joe Bresnahan hat trick in a seven minute second half spell, including two from the penalty spot, ensured a comfortable win for East Coast Bays over fellow strugglers, Waitakere City.


It  was important to continue the momentum from Monday’s victory and Bays took the game to Waitakere straight from the kick off forcing their keeper to save at the feet of Jack Anderson.


Kieran McMinn took off down the right flank and his shot was turned for the first on many corners forced by Bays as they pressured the Waitakere defence.


Waitakere’s keeper, Jonathan Marshall, saved a McMinn drive and 22 minutes into the game, Anderson had the ball in the net only to be ruled out for offside.


A rare Waitakere break by Joshua Armitt was snuffed out by Lee Robinson, and just past the half hour the same player opened the scoring when he headed an Anderson corner  past a flat-footed defence into the net.


Three minutes later a Jason McKeown free kick saw an under pressure Waitakere defender put the ball into his own net and Bays were two up.


The remainder of the half was all Bays. Jack Beguely ran from a defensive position only to see his shot turned for a corner and a similar run by Barnett saw his effort also result in another corner kick.


Anderson took the kick and Barnett outjumped taller defenders to head into the back of the net, giving Bays a 3-0 lead at the break.


Alex Carr was called into action early in the second half to deal with a Waitakere break but it was soon business as usual with Bays pressuring Waitakere and the defence began to wilt.


Seven minutes into the half, a Bays attack was handled by a Waitakere defender and Bresnahan scored from the spot. Barnett had another shot saved and Waitakere conceded another corner.


Anderson took the kick and placed the ball on Bresnahan’s head and he powered the ball inside the near post giving the keeper no chance whatsoever.


Just on the hour, another Bays attack down the left flank, saw another hand ball in the area and Bresnahan smacked the spot kick past Marshall to notch his hat trick and give Bays a 6-0 lead.


Barnett should have done better from a Zane Olla cross, and Sheldon Pillay headed over from a free kick, hen from a rare Waitakere attack, the visitors won a penalty for a careless tackle and Santiago Falbo scored what turned out to be a consolation goal.

A well deserved victory and a fine all round display.


Team:  Carr, Zwetsloot  (Kapteyn 83), Robinson, Beguely, Estrin, Bresnahan, McKeown, Olla, MacMinn (Pillay 75), Barnett, Jack Anderson (White 70)


Scorers:  Robinson 31, og 34, Barnett 45, Bresnahan 53 pen, 57, 60 pen


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