Onehunga Sports 1 ECB 2 played 03/09/2016 at Waikaraka Park

 

After a less than stellar goalless first half, Bays conceded an early goal soon after half time, but came back to score twice and take the three points on offer.

 

A bad clearance by Onehunga Sports very early into the game, cannoned off the crossbar before being scrambled to safety. Sadly this was the highlight of the first half.

 

Both sides played attacking football and were willing to play the ball through midfield, but when it came to the final third it all turned to custard. Many times, good attacking moves were thwarted by a final wayward pass or wildly placed shot on goal and neither goalkeeper was really put under pressure.

 

The second half was just three minutes gone, when from a Sports attack the ball was cut back to Fletcher Kelleher who drove his shot past Aidan Gwilt to give the host the lead. Bays lost the ball straight from the kickoff and Lee Robinson had to head off the line to prevent another goal.

 

Play then settled back into stalemate until just past the hour when a Tommy Damon pass found Dylan Stansfield and the league’s leading goal scorer made no mistake, planting his strike wide of Dylan Bennett to level the score.

 

Four minutes later, Bays took the lead when Dillon Barnett got on the end of a cross only to be blocked by Sean Cooper who in doing so only succeeded in putting the ball into his own net.

 

Jason McKeown had a header saved on the line by Bennett, but neither side was able to better the other for the remainder of the game although Sports had a chance in stoppage time when the ball got loose in the Bays penalty area only for Michael Williams, who had replaced Gwilt to dive on the ball at the last minute.

 

A win to end the season and a mid table finish.

 

Team: Gwilt (Williams 82),  Carter, Kolston, Robinson, White, Bresnahan, Damon, McKeown, Peat (Tiller 61), Stansfield, Barnett (Archer 79)

 

Goals:  Stansfield 62, og 66




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