ECB 2 Melville United 1 played 09/07/2016 at Bays City Park

Sometimes you have to win ugly and so it proved, against a determined Melville side, still smarting from a heavy defeat the week before, they were not going down without a fight.

 

Bays started brightly with Andrew Mobberley and Dylan Stansfield combining well but the shot was wide.

 

Melville made a break in the sixth minute, the ball fell to Marc Evans who opened the scoring with a low drive that gave Alex Carr no chance.

 

Both sides had chances but the final shot was off target and both keepers made good saves to deny the forwards until Bays equalised in the 19th minute when Jason McKeown unleashed an unstoppable drive from the edge of the penalty area.

 

Three minutes later, Stansfield won the ball in midfield, beat two defenders and drove past Scott Reid to give Bays the lead.

 

McKeown let fly twice more with one saved and the other turned for a corner, Stansfield was just over and Judd Baker blocked as Bays pressed the Melville defence but no further scoring came before the break.

 

A Joe Bresnahan pass early in the second half was just out of reach of Stansfield and Carr was forced to save at the feet of Jake Mechell.

 

The game then settled into what could be called trench warfare, with attacks from both sides being countered and much of the play in midfield.

 

With just ten minutes remaining, Melville missed a sitter from right in front. The game then livened up, Baker was blocked and McKeown had his strike saved.

 

With three minutes of normal time remaining, Melville won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, the strike was headed for the top corner of the net and it took a stunning save by Carr to tip it over the crossbar.

 

Stansfield had the last say but his strike was saved by Reid.

 

Not a great game for the spectators, but much was at stake for both teams with Bays happy to take the points.

 

Team: Carr, Carter, Robinson (Peat 80), Kolston, White, Bresnahan, Damon (McMinn 59), McKeown, Baker, Stansfield, Mobberley (Anderson 71)

 

Goals:  McKeown 19, Stansfield 22




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