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Two goals down after nine minutes and it brought back horrible memories of the Eastern Suburbs game. But the team hauled themselves back into the game, levelled the scores by half time and snatched the winner late in the second half.
Sunshine made a belated appearance after a week of foul weather and coupled with a strong northerly, gave an advantage to the team playing from north to south. Glenfield had this advantage in the first half and used it well right from the kick off with Alex Carr forced into saving a Mike Gwyther header. The ball was cleared, won back, a cross came from the left and Gwyther was on hand to scramble the ball into the net.
This first minute goal put pressure on Bays with Glenfield storming back and Jordan Carter clearing off the line. Bays were struggling to get out of defence and in the ninth minute conceded a free kick wide of the right flank. The first attempt sailed harmlessly over the bar, but the referee ordered it to be taken again. A much better kick this time found Kris Carpenter, his header was on target and Bays were 2-0 down.
Bays finally got to make inroads into the Glenfield defence, winning a corner. The cross eluded everyone, falling to an unmarked Alec Solomons, who from a metre out managed to scoop his shot over the crossbar.
Unlike the Suburbs game, heads didn’t drop, with Bays getting back into the game and putting the Glenfield defence under some pressure. A long throw from Carter into the penalty area was only partly cleared, the ball fell to Joe Bresnahan on the edge of the box and he rifled a low drive through a forest of legs into the corner of the net, past an unsighted keeper.
The game now became a series of attacks and counters. Ten minutes after their first goal, Bays were level. A Dylan Stansfield free kick into the penalty area was not dealt with. As the ball bobbled around, Lee Robinson was quickest to react, getting to the ball and driving under the keeper to level the score..
Glenfield had a good chance when Gwyther was put through, he crossed to Steven Holloway who put his shot wide of the goal.
Stalemate ensured up to the half time break.
Bays had the wind in the second half, putting Glenfield under pressure. Both Baker and Stansfield, were using their height and power to advantage, creating some chances although not all were taken.
John White saw his cross cleared off the line, Stansfield and Baker were off target as Glenfield were forced to defend more and more. Any attacks they made were quickly dealt with as they found it difficult playing into the wind.
As time ran down and the final ten minutes approached, Bays won the ball in midfield, Baker set off on run, drawing the defence before passing to Stansfield who finished off with a low drive past Keegan Inia.
The final minutes fled too fast for Glenfield, too slowly for Bays.
Another good win, based on solid defending and a hard working and hard running duo of Baker and Stansfield.
Team: Carr, Carter, Kolston, Robinson, Solomons, White, Bresnahan, McKeown, Archer (McMinn 84), Stansfield, Baker
Goals: Bresnahan 17, Robinson 27, Stansfield 79