ECB 6 North Shore United 0 played 28/03/09 at Bays

The new season shambolically kicked off with only two games being played, the others postponed due to NZFC Grand Final demands. Bays despite having two players ruled out because of this still had too much fire power for North Shore, coasting to a 6-0 win that should have been higher had some simple chances been taken. It all started off great when in the second minute Leigh Kenyon was upended in the penalty box and referee Greg Barker (who had a fine game) pointed to the spot. Dan Peat stepped up and with 99% of the Bays supporters expecting him to score, put his shot wide of the post. Nine minutes later, new signing, Shaun Van Rooyen, saw his drive slam against the upright, and rebound across the goalmouth and get diverted for a corner. Ryley Webster was then denied twice before Peat beat two defenders on the turn and slotted past keeper Ryan Norris to put Bays on the board in the 24th minute. All the pressure was coming from Bays with Shore defending desperately and with just six minutes to go in the half, Bays doubled their lead when Peat got the last touch to a ball that was bobbling about dangerously in the Shore goal line. Peat should have had his hat trick just before the break when with a great series of turns he left three defenders floundering only to shoot wide across the goal and right before the whistle, Jack Beguely had a shot cleared off the line. There must have been stern words spoken in the Shore change rooms during the break because they came out firing. A rare attack saw them hitting the post and Aidan Gwilt, who had been unemployed in the first half, was wide awake to save the follow up from the rebound. After missing the best part of two seasons through injury, Michael Bell made a welcome return just on the hour and made an immediate impression forcing a corner. It took Bays a while to force their ascendacy again and van Rooyen had a shot cleared off the line before Nick Hyde bagged the third goal in the 69th minute when he pounced on a fumble by keeper Norris. Shore hit straight back forcing Gwilt to pull off a point blank save and this spurred Bays back into action. Jason McKeown made it 4-0 in the 73rd minute when he was put through and drove his shot past Norris. The best goal of the game came in the last ten minutes when Joe Bresnahan received the ball on the edge of the box and side footed it with pinpoint accuracy past a despairing Norris into the corner of the net. With only a minute remaining, Peat finally got his hat trick after a cross for Kenyon found Hyde, who slipped the ball to Peat who did the rest. A great team effort and an excellent start to the season.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby (Sheehan 41), Hyde, Beguely (Bell 60), Kenyon, Bresnahan, Van Rooyen, Webster (Kubicki 79), Peat, McKeown

Scorers: Peat 24, 39, 89, Hyde 69, McKeown 73, Bresnahan 81


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