Bayside narrowly defeat 10-man Mt Gravatt


Joseph Ogilvie

Bayside United made it three wins from four to start the season defeating a gallant Mount Gravatt Hawks 2 – 1.

Tonight’s clash at Dittmer Park saw two teams come together that have so far had two contrasting starts to the season.

For a rejuvenated Bayside United they were looking to continue their strong start to the season and bounce back from last week’s loss to Taringa.

While the Mount Gravatt Hawks were looking to try and get a result after what’s been a very poor start to their season, sitting bottom of the table and conceding 11 goals in three games.

Bayside’s first real attack in the second minute resulted in a red card for the Mt Gravatt centre back after he appeared to intentionally use his hand to stop what was a certain goal.

Patrick Theodore stepped up to the spot for Bayside but Mario Aparicio made an amazing save to his right to deny what was a decent effort.

Going down to 10 men seem to fire Mt Gravatt up and they pushed hard in attack.

In the 10th minute they broke the deadlock after a free kick was lobbed into the 18 yard box, headed down by Sam Sisco to Bradeck Jasch who’s deflected shot found the back of the net.

Eventually Bayside managed to work their way back into the match and looked the far better side for the rest of the half.

They created a lot of chances and finally equalised in the 29th minute through Mark Brocklehurst who got on the end of a cross.

Bayside continued to push and should have had another few goals but failed to capitalise, seeing it stay at 1 – 1 at the half time break.

Rain bucketed down for the first 20 minutes of the second half but Bayside continued to play their brand of football and look dangerous.

Their pressure finally paid off in the 57th minute when Brocklehurst again found the back of the net with a classy finish from another crossed ball making it 2 – 1.

Mount Gravatt continued to battle and created a few chances on the counter but Bayside controlled the match.

Credit must go to Mount Gravatt, who based on previous results this season, put in a far better effort tonight with only 10 men on the ground for most of the game.

Bayside look a quality side and should be favourites for a top four finish.

Mt Gravatt 1 (Bradeck Jasch 10′) v Bayside 2 (Mark Brocklehurst 29’, 57’)