ECB 3 Hamilton Wanderers 2 played 21/05/2016 at Bays City Park

Although outplayed for much of the game, a battling Bays side turned on an impressive defensive performance and took most of their chances, securing a 3-2 victory over Hamilton Wanderers.

 

The visitors were quickest off the mark from the whistle and Alex Carr was forced to save at the feet of Mark Jones. Wanderers should have taken the lead in the sixth minute when Carr was lobbed by Federico Marquez but Jason McKeown got back just in time to clear off the line.

 

Play surged from end to end with McKeown, Judd Baker and Dylan Stansfield testing Wanderers keeper Matt Oliver and Carr denying Cory Mitchell.

 

Wanderers were often quicker to the ball in the first phase but both sides let themselves down with wayward passing.

 

Just past the half hour, Jones broke the Bays defence only to put his shot over the crossbar. Bays replied winning a corner. Stansfield’s cross from the corner found Baker who bundled the ball into the net through a crush of players to give Bays the lead.

 

Wanderers had a chance five minutes later but Marquez missed with a header.

They then gave away a free kick just outside the area. Stansfield took the kick, Olivler, under pressure, dropped the ball and Jordan Carter was first there to make it 2-0 to Bays.

 

With just two minutes remaining till the break, another Bays cross caused panic in the Wanderers defence, the ball was bobbling around until Baker managed to stick out a leg and hook the ball on to the upright and then into the net..

 

The half time score flattered Bays but Wanderers  had only themselves to blame with some sloppy defending and wasteful finishing.

 

Bays started the second half with a great break by John White down the right flank. The pass found Stansfield but good covering  by the Wanderers defence forced him away from goal and the chance was lost.

 

A series of heavy squally showers made conditions slippery but both sides tried to play good football. Carr saved from Marquez, Oliver saved from McKeown, Campbell Attwood broke up a Bays attack with a great block as play surged from end to end.

 

Baker could have put the game out of reach but shot wide from right in front. Wanderers then broke out from defence and Jama Boss opened their account with a smart drive the gave Carr no chance.

 

This goal gave Wanderers renewed hope and they pressured a tiring Bays defence. With just five minutes of normal time remaining a Wanderers header was destined for goal before an outstanding save from Carr turned it for a corner. Carr’s heroics were undone with two minutes remaining when he fumbled a strike from Bailey Webster and Wanderers had a sniff.  The defence held out and Bays had three valuable points.

 

Team:  Carr, Carter, Kolston, Solomons, Archer (McMinn 76), Bresnahan (Kadiya 51), McKeown, Robinson, White, Stansfield, Baker (Peat 86)

 

Goals: Baker 33, 43, Carter 40




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