East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
It had to happen and it finally did, Bays were beaten. They deserved at least a point but poor finishing ensured that didn’t happen. Bay Olympic were one of the sides the team were most wary of and this wariness was well founded.
The game started at a hectic pace with both sides probing each other looking for that weak point that might be exploited. George Suri was just wide with a header from a Ryan Zoghby long throw and Dan Morgan-Howell was blocked by Richard Beeston while Ross McKenzie saw is drive pass just wide of the Bays goal.
Just short of the half hour, Olympic had a great chance to take the lead when Joe Edwards found himself unmarked in front of goal but Aidan Gwilt pulled off a great save from point blank range and then saved a header from the resultant corner. The ball went straight up the other end and Bays won a corner from which Phil Edginton’s header was just wide. Leigh Kenyon got clear but his snap shot was just wide,
Olympic missed a good chance at the other end before Dan Peat was put through with only the keeper to beat. Sadly his ball control was lacking allowing Olympic custodian Robbie Graham to get there just in time and clear.
With just two minutes remaining before the break, Olympic took the lead. Colin Gardyne from wide right sent the ball over. Some said it was a mishit cross but whatever, it did enough to elude everybody and end up in the top of the net.
Unusually Bays were sluggish at the start of the second half and were lucky not to go two down as Olympic did most of the pressing. Zoghby has a great run as he beat several defenders to cross the ball which was blasted wide by Ryley Webster. The Bays defence was holding and with fifteen minutes remaining it was their turn to pile the pressure on Olympic with a sustained series of attacks.
Peat latched on to a drive that was well saved by Graham, Zoghby had a shot cleared off the line, Joe Bresnahan had his shot blocked and Peat’s overhead kick scraped the crossbar. Time was running out and Bays were sending more players forward. Bresnahan had a shot cleared off the line and Mauri Wasi’s stoppage time corner was punched over the bar.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time, with ten Bays players in the opposition half, Olympic managed to clear the ball. Gwilt, at that stage a one man defence, could only partly clear the ball and Yoji Tanabe gathered it millimetres from the line and from 30 metres out shot the ball into an empty net where it rolled over the line fractionally before Zoghby could reach it. There was only time to kick off before the final whistle went.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Zoghby, Webster (Hitchin 64), Bresnahan, Kenyon, Morgan-Howell (Wasi 59), Beguely (Bennett 77), Peat