ECB 4 Western Springs 0 played 01/04/2016 at QBE Stadium 4

East Coast Bays got their first win of the season by beating Western Springs 4-0 in wet conditions at QBE Stadium 4 on Friday night. The game was brought forward from Saturday as coach Matt Pitts was getting married that day.


Bays were ahead after five minutes when John White made a fine run down the right flank, crossed the ball to Jason McKeown who smashed the ball through a forest of legs into the net.


Western Springs hit back right from the kick off and it required a Joe Bresnahan block to thwart the Springs strikers.


The visitors were testing the Bays defence with Aidan Gwilt punching clear a Western Spring s free kick and pulling off a great save from a corner. Poor finishing also didn’t help the Springs strikers during fifteen minutes of domination.


Just past the half hour, a wayward pass from the Springs defence presented the ball to Andrew Mobberley who said “thanks very much” as he planted his shot past a stranded keeper to double the lead.


The Springs strikers hit the upright with seven minutes to go in the half and then Dylan Stansfield was blocked by the keeper in the last minute of the half.


The second half started off at pace with both teams striving for domination. Mobberley shot over the bar from right in front, Gwilt made a great save at feet, Springs keeper, Adam McDonald saved from White and Mobberley shot wide when put through.


It wasn’t going to be the visitors night as Bays won a corner and McKeown’s cross was headed into his own net by a Springs defender. At the other end, the strikers were having a horrible evening missing every chance by a wide margin.


Judd Baker had a couple of good chances, one saved and the other wide, before Stansfield tucked away the fourth goal with seven minutes remaining.


A comfortable win in the end with Bays the more clinical in front of goal. Veteran Aidan Gwilt showed he still has it with a class display in goal an Alec olomons marshalled the defence well.


Team: Gwilt, White, Solomons, Kolston, Archer, Shaw (Olla 57), Bresnahan, McKeown,  Barnett, Stansfield (Pillay 88), Mobberley (Baker 71)


Goals:  McKeown 5, Mobberley 32, og 64, Stansfield 83


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