Bay stay in hunt
DIVISION 3 BAY FC 4 NEWTOWN UTD 0
BAY stayed right in step with the leaders with this win that leaves them three points behind the pacesetters in third place in the third division with two games less played.
After an impressive win away to Kells Celtic, they were hoping to take advantage of their first home game in a month against a struggling Newtown side.
Like the previous weekend Bay came out on the front foot, pressing Newtown all over the pitch.
Despite holding the majority of the possession the Newtown ‘keeper wasn’t tested too often in the early stages. Long range strikes from Afonso Crespo and Ryan Dillon were all that he had to deal with before possession and pressure finally paid off on the half hour mark.
Dillon controlled a great cross into the box from Mario Kolak and showed great composure to curl a shot into the top corner. Newtown only threatened from set pieces and home ‘keeper Ciaran Murphy wasn’t troubled.
The second half wasn’t two minutes old when Crespo doubled the lead. Great work by Kolak on the wing resulted in a long cross which was met first time on the volley by Crespo from 20 yards out, and the ball rifled into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.
Bay could have had victory sewn up on the hour mark after Robbie Murphy earned a penalty. His jinking run from the wing into the box left Newtown scrambling and he was hauled down, but the Newtown ‘keeper made a fantastic save guessing the right way to dive for Dillon’s penalty.
A break by Newtown moments later down the left tested keeper Murphy as a rasping shot was turned over the bar. The resulting corner came to nothing.
Robbie Murphy made it three nil when the ball landed favourably for him in the box, and he smashed it home from 10 yards out.
Ryan Dillon rounded off the scoring at the death, finishing a rebound well over the ‘keeper.
BAY: Ciaran Murphy, Kevin Scollon (Brian McCloskey 60), Gavin Toner, Angelo Stanley, Johnny Winters, Alfonso Crespo, Robbie Murphy (Edgar Barros 80), Paddy Connor, Nikola Jurkovic (Brendan Nash 65), Ryan Dillon, Mario Kolak (Aaron Kelly 80).