Takapuna 0 ECB 3 played 27/06/09 at Taharoto Park

Playing against a team that wants to play football instead of using a ten man defence to try and gain a point, is a bonus for the spectators who enjoyed the encounter between two of the more attractive teams in the league.

Bays were expecting a tough game against a team they had trouble with in the first round and who had been racking up some great results in the intervening weeks and so it proved. The hosts took the game to Bays with both former players, Jeff Campbell and Rick Sheehan keeping Aidan Gwilt on his toes and the Bays defence busy. 

Each side wasted chances in a hard fought open game in which both were denied good claims for a penalty. The only goal in the first half came in the 28th minute when Phil Edginton out jumped the Takapuna keeper at a corner and headed into the net. The halftime break found Bays just ahead of Takapuna according to the scoreboard.

Dimas DaSilva had a great run early in the second half but fluffed his chance and that was the last time Takapuna looked dangerous on attack as Bays began to gain control.Takapuna's keeper, Matthew Upton pulled off two great saves from Dan Peat and Dan Morgan-Howell to keep his side in the game but a second goal didn't arrive until the 72nd minute when Morgan-Howell put away a cross from the right.

Joses Nawo and Jason McKeown were denied by Upton who had a man of the match winning game and the final goal came in the last minute when Shaun Van Rooyen raced through from an on-side position to pick up a through ball, rounded the keeper who was left badly exposed, and poked the ball into an empty net. An important three points for Bays to keep them in he lead for the championship.

 

Team:  Gwilt, Forrest, Edginton, Suri , Zoghby, Van Rooyen, Webster, Bresnahan, Nawo (Davis 91), Peat (Beguely 63), Morgan-Howell (McKeown 77)

Scorers:  Edginton 28, Morgan-Howell 72, Van Rooyen 90




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