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These derby games are rarely incident free, but no one could have picked the happenings that occurred today. The referee dished out 4 yellow cards for Bays, 3 yellow cards, one of which became red, for Glenfield, plus two straight red cards for two-footed tackles which saw the hosts finish with eight players and assistant coach Woody Moore banished to the stands for comments made to the officials.
It was good footballing weather as the game kicked off at McFetridge Park and Bays made most of the early play as a Judd Baker break lined up Dylan Stansfield but his strike was easily saved by David Ellensohn. Stansfield had another opportunity moments later but wasted the chance.
Bays continued the pressure, winning a number of corners and thought they had taken the lead in the twentieth minute when Ellensohn failed to collect a cross and from the ensuing scramble, Stansfield stabbed the ball into the net, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul, given by the assistant referee, who in hindsight, was to have a significant impact on the game.
From this let off, Glenfield won a corner, but Alex Carr’s good save snuffed out any further attacking moves. Play had opened up at this stage with the ball moving from end to end. Bays had a free kick cleared off the line, Ellensohn saved at the feet of Baker, while Steven Holloway headed wide for Glenfield and Stansfield was wide from a Zane Olla free kick.
With twelve minutes to half time, Tommy Webb took out Olla with a two footed tackle and Glenfield were down to ten. Bays could not take advantage of the extra man and both teams went to the break 0-0.
The second half started briskly with Carr saving from Jarrod Smith, and Ellensohn denying Jack Anderson. Then two minutes short of the hour, Glenfield were awarded a penalty on the call of the assistant referee. Smith took the kick but blazed his strike high over the crossbar. His day got worse three minutes later, when he went down in the penalty area. The assistant referee judged it a dive and as Smith had been previously booked just before half time, the second yellow became red and Glenfield were down to nine.
An Olla drive was beaten away by Ellensohn and then it happened again when Kris Carpenter tackled James Anderson, studs up and both feet off the ground.
Carpenter sent off, Glenfield down to eight.
With a three man advantage, Bays then showed how to play “Dumb Football”.
Conceding a free kick, they took their time getting back into position. Glenfield didn’t wait, the ball was passed to Ahmad Alshamsi who put a low drive into the corner of the net as the Glenfield dugout erupted.
With a goal advantage, Glenfield parked the bus, allowing Bays to play around in their own half, but closing down once the ball got over halfway. Brock Messenger and Lee Robinson tried from range but were unsuccessful.
As time ran down, John White went on as a substitute. Captain Joe Bresnahan, sidelined with a mild concussion, said as White took the field “John will score, he always does, coming on late.” Bays won a corner which was scrambled clear, it came to White who drilled his shot through a forest of legs to equalise.
The final minutes saw much time wasting and poor choices from Bays as they went after the winner. It never came and it would have to be two points lost rather than one gained. Down in numbers, Glenfield had to much guile for an inexperienced Bays team.
Team: Carr, Messenger, Robinson, Beguely, Estrin, James Anderson, Peat (White 82), Olla, Jack Anderson (Pillay 76), Stansfield, Baker (McMinn 64)
Scorer: White 84