ECB 2 Melville 3 played 01/08/2015 at Bays City Park


How did we lose this game?  Three catastrophic mistakes costing three goals and the usual inability to put away chances, plus a man of the match display from Melville keeper Jason Mann.

That’s the short answer. Inexperience from a very young side may be a factor. Inconsistency certainly is.

Bays started positively with a good run by Alec Solomons, a pass to Andre De Jong and the shot just over the bar.

Melville responded forcing a good save by Alex Carr from a Jonathan Viiani drive.

Bays then forced a couple of corners but couldn’t do anything with then, but in the tenth minute, Zane Olla won the ball in midfield, passed to Joe Bresnahan who moved deep onto Melville territory before cutting a pass inside to De Jong who finished off with a low drive into the corner of the net.

It could have been 2-0 moments later when Olla let go a piledriver from the edge of the box but Mann somehow got enough body parts behind it to divert it for a corner.

Bays were dominating, with Olla, De Jong and Jack Anderson all off target but on the half hour, disaster. Lee Robinson was robbed of the ball deep in the Bays half, he failed to win it back at a second attempt, the ball was crossed and Marc Evans scored from close range to level the score.

From the kick off, Bays went forward, the ball was crossed, Bresnahan seemed to be pushed by Mann and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Either a goal or a penalty thought most, except the referee who ruled a foul on the keeper and the goal was ruled out.

Halftime arrived with both sides even on the scoreboard.


Following the break, play became quite scrappy with many wasted passes. Bays took the lead again in the 53rd minute when Jack Anderson shot from twenty metres out. It seemed harmless but somehow eluded defenders finding its way into the corner of the net, with Mann wrong-footed.

A Jason McKeown drive two minutes later beat the keeper, hit the inside of the upright and bounced across an open goal to safety.

Just past the hour, Solomons was dispossessed, chasing back he upended the Melville player in the area. A stone wall penalty that Evans put away from the spot. 2-2.

Melville should have taken the lead a few minutes later But Jacob Robb made an awful mess of his chance from right in front.

The visitors were sniffing an upset and Bays wanted another so play was going back and forth. Mann made two good saves to deny John White and Harry Blackmore, while Evans could have had a hat trick but missed a great opportunity.

As the game moved towards stoppage time, Bays won a freekick and should have scored, but managed to miss instead and the Melville defence was hanging on.

Deep into stoppage time and a Melville break. Scott Hilliar got forward and had a shot which somehow squirmed under Carr to the despair of the Bays supporters.

A jubilant Melville side welcomed the final whistle seconds later.

A very disappointing result for Bays who were looking to climb further up the table.

Team: Carr, Messenger, Beguely, Robinson, Solomons (Baker 74), Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong,  Jack Anderson (White 65), Olla (Blackmore 82), Barnett


Scorers:  De Jong 10, Anderson 53


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