Bays through to last 16 Of Chatham Cup - ECB 2 Eastern Suburbs 1

In reaching the last 16 of the Chatham Cup, Bays have again demonstrated just how competitive they would have been if allowed to play in the Northern League. Conceding a third minute goal, when a free kick took a wicked deflection to wrong foot Aidan Gwilt, meant Bays had to take the game to Suburbs. This they did, and had George Suri been on target, they could have had two in the first fifteen minutes. Halfway through the half, a Jeff Campbell drive was turned for a corner and from this corner taken by Campbell, Nick Hyde headed in the equaliser. There followed a time of nervousness as Suburbs attacked and the Bays defence suffered a case of the yips, especially when Gwilt dropped a high ball but it was cleared to safety. Both Suri and Dan Peat kept Suburbs keeper Sean Dowling on his toes and his hands warm as he turned their attacking drives for corners and the teams went to the break tied at one each. Words were said during the break and Bays came out steaming. Suri saw his header scrape the crossbar two minutes in and seven minutes later had a shot turned for a corner. Campbell took the corner and his precision cross found the head of Phil Edginton who rose above the defence to head down past a helpless Dowling into the net. Suburbs were now finding the pace of Bays difficult to handle, as a result the cards started flowing with five being shared over a 25 minute period. The final minutes of normal time saw both teams throw everything except the kitchen sink at each other, Suburbs in an attempt to equalise and Bays to make the game safe. Both keepers were in action and were equal to the task. An incredible six and a half minutes of stoppage time were played with an increasingly nervous Bays supporters wondering how long it was going to go on for. A 95th minute second booking for Jeff Campbell- incredibly soft for kicking the ball away - especially as the referee blew up as he was part way through his clearing kick, saw him dismissed and the whistle went seconds later. Hopefully the assessment team will take note. This win puts Bays through to the last 16 and another away game against Metro.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Edginton, Beguely, Webster, Bresnahan, Campbell, McKeown (Morgan-Howell 75), Peat, Suri (Zoghby 90)

Scorers: Hyde 24, Edginton 55


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