Birkenhead Utd 2 ECB 2 played 11/04/09 at Birkenhead

A narrow pitch and the home side"s 10 man defensive display were circumstances but no excuse for Bays drawing 2-2 with Birkenhead at Shepherd"s Park. Failure to convert the many chances created meant that Bays dropped their first points in the US1 League competition. Had it been a boxing match, the game would have been called off at half time as a "no contest" so dominant were Bays as they had Birkenhead chasing shadows all over the park. However at the break the game was scoreless. Right from the kickoff Bays were in command and had four great scoring chances in the first ten minutes, being enied only by wayward shooting and Birkenhead getting bodies in the way. The home side were relying on Maurie Wasi in a lone role up front to try and take advantage of any break that may happen. The worst miss of the game occurred moments before the half time whistle when a bungled Birkenhead clearance saw the ball spin to Dan Peat, six metres out with an open goal. To the shock of the supporters he shot wide. Some hard words must have ben spoken at half time, as Bays were on the scoreboard within three minutes. Peat pushed the ball past the Birkenhead back four allowing Jason McKeown to run on to it and slot past the keeper. Bays were unable to capitalise on this and allowed Birkenhead to grab the equaliser just after the hour. A silly freekick was given away on the edge of the penalty area. The resultant kick took a deflection off a Bays defender to wrong foot Aidan Gwilt ending up in the net. Four minutes later, bad defending from a long throw allowed Malcolm McPhearson to get a touch and deflect the ball into the net, putting the home team in the lead much to the delight of a raucous home crowd. Bays were back on level terms minutes later, when player of the day, Ryley Webster broke through a mass of defenders and poked the ball past the out rushing keeper. The final twenty minutes saw Bays batter the Birkenhead goal but some outstanding goalkeeping by custodian Tim Cornthwaite denied Daniel Morgan-Howell twice while the defence parked a bus across the goalmouth to prevent bays from claiming the winner. Two points dropped, some great football played but woeful finishing.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Zoghby, Beguely, Kenyon, Webster, Bresnahan, Van Rooyen, McKeown (Morgan-Howell 56), Peat

Scorers: McKeown 48, Webster 69




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