East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays finished their season with a 9-1 demolition of a seriously under strength Bay Olympic side under lights at North Harbour on Wednesday night.
Having lost the Chatham Cup final the previous Sunday, neither the coach or the majority of his team were in attendance for this final game of the Premiership as it could not effect final placings.
Determined to end the season on a high, Bays were quickly on attack and opened the coring in the seventh minute when Jack Beguely was put through by Leigh Kenyon and slotted the ball past an advancing keeper.
Three minutes later the score was doubled. Ryan Zoghby was dumped in the box and Glen Forrest notched his first goal of the season from the spot.
More Bays pressure followed and Beguley got his second after 13 minutes from right in front.
In the 16th minute a Kenyon run and cross found Zoghby but he blazed his shot just over the crossbar.
Two minutes later it was all over as a contest. Olympic had a free kick which was cleared, the bounce of the ball beat the Olympic defender, Beguely latched on to it, out ran the defence rounded the keeper and had his hat trick in the space of eleven minutes.
Four goal up and not yet a quarter of the game gone, the intensity eased from Bays, who continued to dominate but got a little sloppy. In the space of fifteen minutes, Dan Morgan-Howell, Phil Edginton, Beguely twice and Cory Hitchen all spurned chances to add to the score.
Bay Olympic had a chance with ten minutes remaining in the half when George Suri was caught with the ball but the Olympic player couldn’t keep his composure and blazed his shot well over the bar.
Zoghby had the ball taken off is toe while preparing to shoot and Suri burst through the defence only to shoot wide before Mauri Wasi, on for Edginton who retired with a niggle, got through the defence and placed his shot wide of the keeper to make it 5-0 at the break.
Willy Gerdsen emptied the bench at the break and bays continued to dominate. In a ten minute spell, Wasi had four chances to add to the score, he hit the upright, shot direct at the keeper and put two chances wide.
Goal number six came on the hour. A Morgan-Howell free kick was headed for a corner and from the corner Suri headed home on the far post.
Bay Olympic kept battling and were rewarded four minutes later when they broke, found the Bays defence asleep and Nick Crosswell gave Paul Gothard no chance.
A bad back pass from an Olympic player went straight to Wasi, who outpaced his marker, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into an empty net for number 7.
Then with fifteen minutes remaining, a Kenyon pass found Morgan-Howell who beat four players and clinically finished for goal number eight.
Kenyon himself had the ball in the net a minute later only to have it ruled out for offside. Bays continued to batter the Olympic defence and the final goal was a repeat of number eight with Kenyon again finding Morgan-Howell who made no mistake from close range.
Bays ended the season wining the Premiership by twelve points scoring more goals than any other side (averaging just over three per game) and conceding only 18 goals from 24 games. Their goal difference of 56 goal was three times better than the next nearest team.
Team: Fletcher (Gothard 46), Forrest, Suri, Edginton (Wasi 40), Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin, Zoghby, McKeown, Beguely (Davis 46), Morgan-Howell
Goals: Beguely 7, 13 18, Forrest pen 10, Wasi 44, 72, Suri 60, Morgan-Howell 75, 88