ECB 4 Albany United 3 played 09/05/09 at Bays

From the dizzy height of last weeks performance, Bays dropped to a mediocre performance against an Albany side that showed much more fire, hunger and determination and came close to causing an upset. The first quarter hour was give and take with both sides taking stock of the other. Then Bays launched an attack when a great 50 meter pass from Daniel Morgan-Howell found Shaun Van Rooyen on the wing. His cross into the middle reached an on-rushing Morgan-Howell who just failed to make contact. Albany then counter attacked and opened the scoring with a well taken goal from former Bays player Todd Danks who couldn"t conceal his delight in scoring against his former club. Bays got back into the game after 25 minutes when Jack Beguely was taken out in the box and Morgan-Howell sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot. From the kick off Albany went on attack and Aidan Gwilt was forced to make a fine save from Sam White. Bays were passing the ball about nicely but once again that final pass was going astray. A Ryan Zoghby header from a corner was beaten away off the line and Dan Peat had a shot saved before Bays took the lead in the last seconds of the half. A Peat cross was palmed out by the Albany keeper and Jack Beguely lobbed the ball back into the top of the net to give Bays a 2-1 lead a the break. Albany drew level a minute into the second half when a Tom Le Mouton free kick was fumbled by Gwilt and although punched clear was correctly ruled to have crossed the line. It took but four minutes for Bays to reclaim the lead. A Morgan-Howell free kick was palmed clear by the Albany keeper and collected by Peat who lashed it into the net. The same player was put through moments later but with only the keeper to beat screwed his shot wide. Five minutes later the scores were again equal after Le Mouton made a break and then squared to Justin McKay who was unmarked and calmly placed his shot wide of Gwilt. Three minutes later Morgan-Howell had Bays back in front with a well taken goal. Albany"s chances took a tumble when with fifteen minutes remaining, Chris Horrocks received a straight red card, the third time he has been sent off in the last three games he has played against Bays. New signing Joses Nawo had three chances in the last ten minutes but found the Albany keeper in the road each time as time ran out for Albany. An uninspiring performance but credit to Albany who battled to the end, stopping Bays fluency.

Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Zoghby, Bell (Edginton 46). Bresnahan, Webster, Van Rooyen (McKeown 72), Peat, Beguely (Nawo 52), Morgan-Howell

Scorers: Morgan-Howell 25 pen, 60, Beguely 45, Peat 50


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