East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays continued their good start to the new season with a 7-1 victory over an ill-disciplined Onehunga Sports side who in the course of the game accumulated five yellow and two red cards, ending up with nine players remaining on the field.
The visitors opened the game strongly and Bays keeper John Fletcher was called into action early tipping a header over the bar after only five minutes.
Bays took the lead three minutes later due to some sloppy defending by Onehunga Sports. Joe Bresnahan took the ball off them, got clear, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
Two minutes later Onehunga were level when a Pedro Santos drive was tipped on to the crossbar by Fletcher but bounced back to hit Fletcher and divert into the net.
The next quarter hour saw a lot of back and forth football with both teams giving the defences a good workout but in the 25th minute some great interpassing between Leigh Kenyon and Dan Peat cut open the visitors defence and the ball was squared across to Mauri Wasi who scored from close range.
It was back and forth between the teams until just before the break when a long throw from Avi Estrin found Phil Edginton and his header gave the Onehungs keeper no chance.
There was still time before the break for Onehunga to go a man down. Scott Foster had been booked seven minutes earlier for a rash challenge with studs showing that left and injured player on the ground, he repeated his effort leaving Cory Hitchen in agony, and was deservedly shown a straight red card.
With a man advantage in the second half Bays started to dominate and edginton was just wide with a header. Things got worse for Onehunga just short of the hour when Ross Haviland went in from behind with his studs showing. Having been previously booked in the first half, he got another booking and an early shower.
Bays made Onehunga pay for their indiscretions. A superb 60 metre cross from George Suri found Wasi, who easily beat his marker and scored from close range.
Two minutes later, Peat got the ball just inside the Onehunga half and went on a run leaving four defenders sprawling in his wake. The keeper came out but Peat placed his shot wide of him shooting in off the upright.
Bays were now rampant and after the Onehunga keeper had saved from Ryley Webster, Edginton got is head to a Kenyon cross for number six. Both Kenyon and Peat were denied by Onehunga’s defence before Peat beat an offside trap to notch his second and number seven with three minutes remaining as the light faded.
A fine start to the season and the team now looks forward to meeting Takapuna on Saturday.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest Edginton, Suri, Estrin (Barnett 75), Kenyon, Hitchin, Bresnahan, Wasi (Webster 64), Bola (Beguelly 72), Peat
Scorers: Bresnahan 8, Wasi 25,61, Edginton 43, 67, Peat 63,87