Melville United 0 ECB 5 played 23/04/2016 at Gower Park

A sublime performance from East Coast Bays, on a pristine pitch, as they tore apart Melville at Gower Park. It all started right from the kick off, with Bays attacking and Dylan Stansfield going close in the first minute.

John White and Dillon Barnett had half chances and a run by Judd Baker followed by an excellent cross was fractionally ahead of an onrushing Barnett.

A Melville break was cut short by Alec Solomons.

Another Baker cross to Barnett was denied by a good save by Melville keeper Scott Reid. Bays won the ball back from the clearance, Stansfield was put through, his shot parried by Reid, and Stansfield put the rebound into the net.

 

The pressure continued, with Jason McKeown dominating midfield, and Bays spraying passes all around the field, running the Melville defence ragged.

With twenty minutes just gone, a McKeown free kick found Solomons, his header found Stansfield, who made it 2-0 from close range.

 

Melville’s counters were few, easily dealt with by the Bays defence.

A Logan Archer pass reached Zane Olla on the left flank, a peach of a cross found Baker, who made it 3-0 in just 36 minutes.

An Olla drive, two minutes before the break, elicited a great save by Reid, Bays did nothing with the resultant corner.

 

Reid was called upon to save a McKeown drive right at the start of the second half, and Baker was just wide, but Melville were trying to get back into the game, forcing Archer to clear off his line. However, any chance of making a comeback was snuffed out just past the hour, when Ryan Taylor, sitting on an earlier yellow card, went into a tackle, studs up and was rightly dismissed.

 

Michael Williams, who had been a spectator for much of the game, pulled off a good save to deny a rare Melville foray.

 

Four minutes later it cost Melville, when Kieran McMinn was put through, his cross went to Baker, who scored his second. White went off on a run, only to see his strike cleared off the line.  Baker was hunting his hat trick, but passed to McMinn who took off down the right flank, crossed the ball and Olla finished the movement off with a close range strike into the bottom of the net.

 

Melville, even when getting in range were unable to lock on to target and as the clock ran down, Bays went after number six. Baker saw his strike blocked by Reid, McMinn missed a sitter from right in front and McKeown saw his strike saved.

 

A couple of substitutions to avoid injury was possible due to Bays dominance and overall it was probably the best performance of the season so far from all players.

 

Team: Williams, White (Canton 76), Kolston, Solomons, Archer, Bresnahan, McKeown, Olla, Barnett (McMinn 46), Stansfield (Carter 67), Baker

Goals:  Stansfield 9, 21,  Baker 36, 68, Olla 78




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