Three Kings United 0 ECB 2 played 22/08/2015 at Keith Hay Park

A superb defensive display from an injury hit East Coast Bays was the foundation for a deserved away victory over Three Kings United on a bumpy Keith Hay Park.


The loss of 16 points by Three Kings for playing an ineligible player has thrown them deep into relegation trouble.  As a consequence there was a nervous intensity from the start and the bench were quickly on the referees back complaining about real or imagined offences, which weren’t penalised.


Judd Baker had the first strike but was just wide while Tim Myers saw his header diverted for a corner, which found Dylan Manickum, whose strike was blocked and cleared.


Under pressure in the early stages, the Bays defence, well marshalled by Lee Robinson, refused to panic, playing the ball out, frustrating the home side.


Both teams had the odd chance as play surged back and forth until Bays won a corner with some ten minutes remaining in the half.  Jason McKeown’s cross found Joe Bresnahan in a crowded penalty area and he drove through a forest of legs into the net, giving Bays the lead which they held at the break.


It was more of the same when the second half commenced, as Bays went to three at the back and a five man midfield after Beguely succumbed to injury.


Neither side could break down the other’s defence until the 54th minute when Zane Olla made a break on half way, passed to Brock Messenger on the right flank, who cut inside  the defender and drilled the ball through the keeper’s legs to double Bays lead.


Three Kings were pressing hard to get back into the game and had a chance when a poor tackle by Messenger saw them awarded a penalty. Allan Pearce was on target but Alex Carr dived to his right and pulled off a great save.


This setback saw the Three Kings side lose their remaining composure and the cards came out in the last fifteen minutes. Tim Myers got his second with six minutes remaining and Ben Hunt was shown a straight red for something he said to the referee and the home side saw out the last three minutes plus stoppage time with nine players. Thus sinking them deeper into the relegation mire and having to rely on their appeal to New Zealand Football.


A great team effort by Bays consolidating a mid-table finish for the season.


Team:  Carr, Messenger, Beguely (Olla 46), Robinson, Solomons, Bresnahan, McKeown, De  Jong, Barnett, Baker (White 75), McMinn (Pitts 80)


Scorers:  Bresnahan 36, Messenger 54


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