Waitakere City 1 ECB 2 played 08/08/2015 at Fred Taylor Park

East Coast Bays scored their fastest goal of the season having the ball in the net inside fifteen seconds. Waitakere kicked off, lost the ball, Zane Olla got it, threaded a pass to Dillon Barnett, cutting in from the right and he placed his shot underneath the onrushing keeper.


Hopes that this was the start of something memorable, quickly faded, as Bays lapsed into their familiar pattern of good build up play and inability to finish.

Waitakere belied their current league placing by forcing a series of corners that were comfortably cleared and Bays reciprocated but their corners yielded nothing. Brock Messenger was making some great runs down the right flank but finding no one in the middle to put away the crosses.


Former Bays player, Haider Jabir was causing problems to the defence with some fine passing and it took a fine tackle by Alec Solomons to break up a dangerous break. Olla got his head to a cross but couldn’t get enough on it to trouble the keeper and play moved back and forth with neither side really creating.


With five minutes remaining in the half, Bays had three great chances in front of goal but failed to put away any, wasting them all. This was to prove costly as Waitakere won a free kick, Jordan Carter was not picked up, the kick arrived perfectly for his header and the teams were equal again. Just on the half time whistle, a John White strike was comfortably saved.


Three minutes into the second half a Joe Bresnahan header from a free kick, hit the crossbar with all beaten only to bounce over.  Waitakere wasted a chance and White was put through only to have the ball taken off his feet by the Waitakere keeper as he was about to pull the trigger.


On the hour, Bays won a corner.  Olla’s cross found Solomons unmarked, and his header found the back of the net to give Bays the lead again.


White shot wide from a Messenger through ball and a Lee Robinson free kick was dealt with by the keeper.


Three minutes of rain annoyed the sparse crowd watching but did nothing to improve the standard of play. As time wound down, a Messenger/Olla combination looked promising but the final pass was blocked and in stoppage time Alex Carr pulled off a fine save to deny Waitakere an equaliser.


Three points for Bays, although not pretty and a huge advance on the previous week.  Good games from Carr, Olla,Messenger and Robinson in particular.


Team:  Carr, Messenger, Beguely, Robinson, Solomons, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong (Zwetsloot 90),  Barnett (McMinn 84), Olla, White (Jack Anderson 69).


Scorers:  Barnett 1, Solomons 60


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