Waitakere City 3 ECB 0 played 18/04/09 at Waitakere

Bays didn"t seem to get going on a perfect pitch at Fred Taylor Park. A scoreless first half saw both teams cancel each other out. Two shots by Waitakere in the first two minutes and a Bays reply after 11 minutes were the sum total of attacks on goal up to the break. Bays were playing some pretty football with lots of interpassing but there was a seeming reluctance to actually strike on goal. Ten minutes into the second half, Waitakere took the lead. A free kick was conceded on the edge of the penalty area and Jake Butler"s shot was fumbled by Aidan Gwilt and the ball crossed the line to give Waitakere the lead. This setback did little to provoke Bays into a more direct attacking mode and after conceding a corner in the 64th minute they went further behind when Butler was left unmarked and headed home from close range. Coach Willy Gerdsen made a triple substitution straight after this goal in an endeavour to inject some spark but the attack was making little headway against a tight Waitakere defence. The final nail was driven into the coffin with five minutes remaining. Rick Sheehan tried to head clear on the edge of the box, it unfortunately fell to the feet of Scot Woodford who gave Gwilt no chance from close range. It wasn"t until stoppage time that the Waitakere keeper was tested and by then it was much too late. After 29 games, Bays unbeaten run had come to an end.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde (Sheehan 66), Zoghby, Beguely, Van Rooyen (McCarthy 66), Kenyon, Bresnahan, Webster, Peat, Morgan-Howell (McKeown 66)


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