Bay stay in hunt

The Argus - - SPORT -


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).

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