Chatham Cup: ECB 4 Eastern Suburbs 2 played 25/06/2016 at Bays City Park

A Dylan Stansfield hat trick was the highlight of an enthralling game as East Coast Bays dumped holders Eastern Suburbs out of the Chatham Cup at Bays City Park.

 

Still smarting from a 7-1 thrashing by Suburbs six weeks earlier, Bays were determined there would be no repeat and both sides started cautiously. Frank Clarke was the first to strike, his shot blocked by Lee Robinson as the game moved back and forth.

 

In the 14th minute Stansfield had the ball in the back of the net, but the jubilation of Bays supporters quickly quietened once they saw the flag raised for offside.

 

Play surged back and forth with both sides being denied any good scoring chances. Just short of the half hour, Judd Baker got on the end of a cross from John White, only to see it saved by Zac Speedy.

 

Five minutes later, Derek Tieku, who had caused Bays so much grief in the earlier encounter, finally got the sniff of a chance but his effort was wide of the mark.

 

With just two minutes remaining in the half, Stansfield had the ball slipped through to him. Evading his marker, he angled his shot across the goal, wide of Speedy and into the corner of the net to give Bays a 1-0 halftime lead.

 

As expected, Suburbs came out firing and Carr had to pull off a good save to deny Tieku while Armin Pasagic was just wide.

 

A Jason McKeown free kick was mishandled by Speedy giving Bays a corner, Baker’s header went wide. The goal kick was won by Bays, Andrew Mobberley struck his shot diverting for a corner. Stansfield took the corner, an unmarked Baker got his head to it, flicking it on and Robinson darted between two defenders to head the ball over the line, giving Bays a two goal advantage.

 

Mobberley had a strike tipped over the bar by Speedy and just past the hour, Suburbs Coach, Malcolm McPherson had seen enough and brought on Harry Redwood.

 

Suburbs attacked down the left, crossed the ball and Redwood’s first touch was to the head past Carr putting Suburbs on the scoreboard.

 

Six minutes later, Redwood was put through and angled a fine shot past Carr to level the score.

 

Bays kicked off and went route one. Challenged by Baker, Speedy dropped the ball, Stansfield swooped, driving the ball into the net, restoring Bays lead.

 

More back and forth, great defending by both teams. With just over fifteen minutes remaining, Mobberley made a break, drew his marker, slipped the ball to Stansfield who notched his hat trick with a side foot past Speedy.

 

The final minutes were tense as Suburbs threw everything at Bays. The defence held and the visitors were reduced to long range shots and hurried attempts, often off target. Bays had a couple of chances but concentrated on denying Suburbs a come back as time ran out.

 

The coaches couldn’t praise the team high enough and it was one of the best performances seen at Bays City Park for some time. It’s back to the league next week and we need points to avoid dropping too low in the table.

 

Team:  Carr, Carter, Kolston, Robinson, White, Damon (Peat 64), McKeown, McMinn (Archer 76), Baker, Stansfield, Mobberley

 

Goals:  Stansfield 43, 69, 74;  Robinson 51




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