East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A well-taken hat trick by 20 year old Dillon Barnett gave him man of the match honours and sent East Coast Bays second in the table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Melville.
The game kicked off in heavy rain with surface water on a portion of the pitch causing the ball to hold up, but apart from a Tim Pilkington drive that was just wide, the first fifteen minutes were totally forgettable.
A minute later, Bays opened the scoring when Leigh Kenyon made a foray down the right flank and crossed the ball to an unmarked Barnett right in front of goal and he gave the keeper no chance, scoring from close range.
This goal sparked both sides in to action and Tewi Te Pou came close with an overhead kick for the visitors.
Barnett was put through by Pilkington but blocked by the defence while at the other end, Jason Chewins, Melville’s best player, saw his drive cleared off the line by Jack Beguely.
Te Pou was just wide again and Pilkington had two late chances, his header from a Kenyon cross was saved by the keeper, and in the last minute of the half he latched on to a Glen Forrest cross only to see it rebound off the upright.
The rain ceased and the sun came out during the break and Bays stepped up a notch. Barnett set off on a great run through the Melville defence only to see his strike cannon off the upright and be cleared for a corner.
Bays were pressuring the visitors and this eventually told just short of the hour when Barnett was again put through. The keeper came out but stopped, Barnett rounded him and keeping composed, rolled the ball into the empty net.
Two goals down, Melville fought back and it required a great save from Aidan Gwilt to prevent them hauling a goal back from a freekick.
Alec Solomon had come on as a substitute for only his second appearance and he was quickly in the thick of the action out jumping a defender, only to have the goal disallowed for a foul.
Barnett’s hat trick came in the 65th minute when he was on the spot to finish off a fine Bays move involving several players.
Four minutes later, Solomon had his first goal for the Premiers when he got his head to an Avi Estrin cross, guiding the ball just inside the upright, leaving the Melville keeper flatfooted.
In the last ten minutes, Melville tried hard for a consolation goal but Gwilt was determined to keep a clean sheet, pulling off another great save to deny the visitors.
A great second half, to make up for the forgettable first period.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby, Beguely,, Estrin, Pilkington (Solomon 61), Kenyon, Campbell (Webster 46), Bresnahan, Peat (Young 84),, Barnett
Scorers: Barnett 16, 58, 65, Solomon 69