East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
How did we manage to drop two points? That was the question the team as asking themselves at the conclusion of the game.
The simple fact was that Wanderers wanted the game more than Bays did and it showed.
After an abysmal weather forecast, the game kicked off in perfect conditions with Bays taking the game to the visitors. Avi Estrin was wide with his header from a corner and later had another shot blocked, while Che Bunce used his experience to cut out another Bays buildup.
Wanderers took the lead against the run of play in the 21st minute. Daniel Frischknect made a great run down the left flank and crossed to an unmarked Matthew Gibbons who gave Aidan Gwilt no chance from close range.
It took Bays ten minutes to level the score when Dillon Barnett was put through. His first strike was blocked by the keeper but he followed up to tuck away the rebound.
Halftime arrived with both sides even.
The second half had been going just under ten minutes when Bays took the lead after Barnett was tripped in the box by Mark Jones and Dan Morgan-Howell duly converted the penalty.
Bays now stepped up the pace of the game and Barnett was blocked by the keeper and Ryan Young was denied by the Wanderers defence, before just past the hour Bays went 3-1 up.
Barnett made a great break down the right flank, crossed to Lance Eeson, who volleyed the ball into the net.
This should have been the game but somehow Bays managed to let their advantage slip away.
Adam Luque had just come on as a substitute for Wanderers and his first touch of the ball was to head home a goal from a corner and the visitors were back in the game.
Play see-sawed back and forth until the 76th minute when Matteo Balan finished off a Wanderers attack and it was level pegging again.
Frischknecht was just wide with a header, and at the other end, Joe Bresnahan, Morgan-Howell and Barnett were denied by some great defending.
The final whistle saw the visitors take away a deserved point.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby (Hyde 21), Beguely, Estrin, Kenyon (Eeson 46), Webster, Bresnahan, Campbell (Young 56), Barnett, Morgan-Howell
Scorers: Barnett 31, Moragn-Howell pen 52, Eeson 61