ECB 2 Eastern Suburbs 4 played 26/09/2015 at Bays City Park


A month without a game, it showed. Bays had to wait that long to finish off their season due to Eastern Suburbs successful Chatham Cup run and the resultant fixture backlog it created.


The weather was the best experienced all season making for a good football atmosphere and Suburbs had the ball in the net within two minutes of kick off only to be denied by the offside flag.  Bays hit back immediately and Brock Messenger saw his header cleared off the line.


After some tooing and frowing, Bays took the lead in the 13th minute when a great pass from Messenger found Judd Baker and he guided his shot past Ernie Wong, the Suburbs keeper.


Suburbs striker, Brandon Barnes, was one of the top goalscorers in the league and he made a break on the quarter hour but was pulled up for a foul and then minutes later, denied by Jack Beguely.


Zane Olla had his drive diverted for a corner and then in the 25th minute Tristan Prattley made a break down the right flank, his cross was missed by Lee Robinson and Barnes was on hand to drive past Michael Williams and level the score.


Four minutes later, Suburbs broke from defence and Barnes had his second, putting the visitors in the lead.


Bays were giving as good as they got and a Dan Peat drive beat the keeper to hit the inside of the upright and bounce clear. Andre De Jong hit the crossbar with his shot and Dillon Barnett was just wide with a header.


Right on the break, Williams pulled off a fine save from a Barnes free kick.


Bays had the first chance after the break but Beguely took too many touches and was closed down.


It got worse for Bays in the 66th minute when Robinson lost the ball outside the penalty area and Barnes was on hand to notch his hat trick and increase Suburbs lead.


A defensive lapse then allowed Prattley to walk through and slot past Williams to make it 4-1 and all but snuff out any chance of Bays getting back into the game.


Dylan Stansfield had come on as a substitute and injected a bit of life into the Bays attack and when a log ball from Messenger was mishandled by Wong, he was on hand to hook the ball over the line, pulling a goal back.


Too little, too late, the season limped to an end, interrupted by a string of injuries and layers away on international duty.


Team:  Wiliams, Messenger, Robinson, Beguely (Zwetsloot 76), Barnett, Bresnahan, McKeown, De Jong, Olla, Baker (White 60), Peat (Stansfield 56)


Scorers: Baker 13, Stansfield 79


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