Bayside forced to pay the penalty

Kennoway v Bayside: photo by Voodoo Kitten
Kennoway v Bayside: photo by Voodoo Kitten
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KENNOWAY played host to Bayside at Cotlands Park.

The first real chance of the match fell to the home side.

Precise passing set Ryan Thomson free of the static Bayside defence, leaving the Kennoway player one-on-one with the visitors’ goalkeeper.

As the Bayside ‘keeper rushed out, Thomson put the ball past him and was subsequently brought down in the challenge – the referee having no choice but to award Kennoway a penalty and show the visiting ‘keeper a straight red card.

Martyn Thomson calmly put the ball into the back of the net to put Kennoway 1-0 up.

From the restart, the visitors caught the Kennoway side napping and tore through the defence to put the ball into the hosts’ net and equalise within one minute of going behind.

The home fans watched in shock as Bayside broke through the Kennoway defence again, and an attack that could have been easily dealt with on any other day at Cotlands Park saw a rash challenge inside the box giving the visitors a penalty and the chance to take the lead.

Bayside duly converted the opportunity and found themselves leading the league leaders on their home pitch.

Kennoway, however, immediately set about getting an equaliser and the visitors found themselves having to concentrate on defending their lead.

Some good play saw David Thomson creating a shooting opportunity, only to be denied by a Bayside defender’s hand on the line.

The referee awarded the home side a penalty and Martyn Thomson stepped up to convert his second spot kick of the day.

And it wasn’t long before Marc Cramb’s head met an inch-perfect cross and the ball was in the back of the visitors’ net yet again, to nudge Kennoway into the lead.

A club spokesman said: “It was a hard days work for Kennoway, resulting in a 3-2 victory over a good Bayside team.

“At times, it wasn’t the best of play and it was frustrating for players and fans alike - but results like show the quality of the squad.

“It’s good to grind out a result while not getting the lucky breaks or playing to 100 per cent, and showing spirit and determination to keep going, run out winners and maintain our 100 per cent record in the league.”

The side has also extended its thanks to match ball sponsor James Scott.