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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Dreadful conditions weatherwise saw some of the other Premier games called off and Bays would have been wishing their’s was one of them at the end of a miserable 90 minutes.
Madills Farm was quite playable, but strong gusty winds and driving rain made conditions miserable for both players and fans alike.
The quality of football in the first half did nothing to warm the spectators hearts as both sides struggled with the conditions, all too often overhitting a pass and giving away the ball to the opposition. Both keepers made some good saves, but neither was severely tested.
Scoreless at half time, it was on the cards to end up the same score, but seven minutes into the half, Dillon Barnett was upended in the penalty area. Joe Bresnahan hasn’t missed a penalty in the past but put his shot past the upright and Suburbs were off the hook.
The rain which had eased off earlier resumed with some force. Aidan Gwilt made a fine save at feet and his opposite number, Simon Williams, pulled off a couple of saves to deny Kieran McMinn and Dylan Stansfield.
The game moved into the last fifteen minutes, Bays gave away a free kick and Michael Bryant headed into the net to put Suburbs one up.
Time was running out and as stoppage time approached, Bays flung players forward, seeking an equaliser. It backfired, Suburbs broke and Denver Macdonald added a second for the home side. Bays again tried, lost the ball, another break by Suburbs and Nathaniel Bowen made it 3-0.
The scoreboard said 3-0 but the game was a lot closer. Had the penalty been converted, Bays may have taken the points. But that’s football, it’s often unkind.
Eam: Gwilt, Forrester, Beguley, Robinson, Barnett, Bresnahan, McKeown, Olla, McMinn, Stansfield (Pillay 77), White (Baker 57).