ECB 4 Takapuna 2 played 13/04/09 at Bays

It was end to end high tempo stuff as Bays and Takapuna battled out their Easter Monday clash. Most teams come to Bays City Park prepared to play a 10 man defence but not Takapuna who were right into their game from the whistle and caught the Bays defence cold in the second minute. The ball wasn"t cleared and Greg Staines was on hand to bundle it into the net giving Takapuna an early lead. Two minutes later it was level pegging as Dan Morgan-Howell put Dan Peat through and he made no mistake with a drive low into the bottom of the net. Shaun Van Rooyen then had a shot save by the keeper and Peat shot wide after being put through again before Takapuna again took the lead. The imposing presence of Staines again caused problems with the defence resulting in an own goal to restore the lead to the visitors. Two minutes later Takapuna were down to ten men when Leon Sheehan held back Morgan-Howell as he bore down on goal. As the last man in defence, Sheehan was red carded but Takapuna managed to clear the resultant free kick. The next ten minutes was all back and forth, attack and counter, with both teams creating chances but failing to put them away. Then in the 27th minute, Peat was dumped in the box, Morgan-Howell scored from the spot and the sides were even again.. The battle continued until half time with no further scoring. The frenetic first half had taken more out of the visitors and Bays started to impose themselves and some of the Takapuna defending became more desperate. Nick Hyde was pulled down just outside the penalty area but the free kick was too high. Joe Bresnahan hit wide from a Glen Forrest cross and then had a goal disallowed for hand ball by the provider of the final pass, Leigh Kenyon. The pressure was telling and in the 73rd minute Peat was taken out in the box by Tim Staines and Morgan-Howell again sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to give Bays the lead for the first time in the match. Three minutes later a great pass from Morgan-Howell put Peat through and he thumped the ball into the back of the net only to have it disallowed by a dubious offside call by the assistant referee. Bays won a corner from the resultant free kick and Ryan Zoghby powered a header wide of the keeper to give Bays a two goal cushion. The final minutes saw a rampant Bays his the post from a Morgan-Howell strike, Jason McKeown was denied by a fine save from the keeper and Paul McCarthy was put through but flagged again for offside. A much better performance that Saturday,but again too many chances squandered.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Zoghby, Beguely (Sheehan 84), Van Rooyen (McCarthy 64), Kenyon (McKeown 72), Webster, Bresnahan, Peat, Morgan-Howell

Scorers: Peat 4, Morgan-Howell pens 27, 74, Zoghby 79


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