North Force 1 ECB 2 played 16/05/09 at tikipunga

All the scoring took place in the first fifteen minutes and from then on the quality of the game decreased as both teams ground it out. The reaction of Bays after the final whistle was that of a team that had lost, not come away with three points.

It all started very positively. Within the first minutes a great run and cross from Shaun Van Rooyen saw Jack Beguely shoot just wide. Then Dan Peat was taken out in the box and Dan Morgan-Howell put away the resultant penalty. Two minutes later the score was doubled. Bays won a corner which was cleared back to Van Rooyen who crossed deep to the far post where Ryan Zoghby drove it back across the goal into the net.

Three minutes later, Phil Edginton was adjudged to have have fouled in the box and North Force pulled one back from the spot. Bays were creating some great chances with super crosses from Peat and Morgan-Howell but there was no one in the middle to take advantage.

At the other end of the park the defence was having a few problems with Edginton and George Suri taking time to establish a rapport as center backs and the midfield being slow to move the ball forward allowing North Force to get numbers back in defence. Bays thought they had a third goal but the free kick had been taken from the wrong spot so it was ruled out.

It was hoped for better things in the second half, but it was not to be as the team reverted to a slow build up and too much short passing and flicking which all too often went astray. Just on the hour North Force thought they had equalised through captain Bruce Plunkett but his push on the defender which allowed him to shoot was right in front of the referee who blew up the infringement.

The home side was pressing forward and Bays were forced into a lot of defending but Suri proved to be a rock, thwarting North force time and time again.

Changes were made and late in the game Bays thought they had made the game safe with a third goal only to be denied by an offside flag.

Three points, especially away from home, is not to be sneezed at but the team were disappointed with their performance.

Team:  Gwilt, Forrest, Edginton, Suri, Zoghby, Van Rooyen, Bresnahan (McKeown 76), Webster, Peat, Beguely (Nawo 78), Morgan-Howell

Scorers:  Morgan-Howell pen 10,  Zoghby 12


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