East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
After the sublime footballing performance last week against Central, it all turned to custard against Bay Olympic as the team never really got going, fluffing two penalty attempts in recording their worst defeat in several seasons.
The weather conditions were the worst experienced so far this season with a strong wind, driving rain and greasy conditions making play difficult but not impossible.
Olympic had the wind at their backs but Bays had the first strike on goal when a fourth minute snap shot from Tim Pilkington required a fine save from Danny Robinson in the Olympic goal.
Five minutes later, an Olympic attack saw the first goal of the game. Aidan Gwilt blocked the first strike but the rebound fell to Ross Mc Kenzie who stroked the ball into an empty net. 1-0 to the home team.
Bays had a great chance to draw level in the 19th minute when Ryley Webster was dropped in the box and a penalty awarded. With the regular penalty takers sidelined through injury or suspension, captain Glen Forrest took it upon himself after no one else showed any interest, he put his shot to the right of the keeper but Robinson got a hand to it and deflected the shot wide.
Three minutes later a great run by Dillon Barnett was foiled again by Robinson who tipped his drive around the post for a corner.
Things got worse for Bays in the 27th minute when Chad Coombes doubled Olympic’s advantage with a drive that gave Gwilt no chance.
Joe Bresnahan had two chances but put both over the bar while Julyan Collett was just wide for Olympic as the hosts went into the half time break with a 2-0 lead.
With just over an hour gone, Olympic added another. Winning a free kick just on the edge of the box, Mckenzie let fly, Gwilt got a hand to it, deflected it on to the post where it glanced backward into the net.
Five minutes later it was 4-0 to the hosts. A long ball down the left flank was only partly covered by Ryan Zoghby, who was beaten to the ball which was then crossed back and Coombes lashed a 20 metre screamer into the top of the net.
Two minutes later, Bay were on the scoreboard when Jack Beguely set off on a run. His shnot was blocked by Robinson but Barnett was following up and put the ball into the net.
Coombes should have had his hat trick minutes later but missed a sitter from straight in front and Bays then got a second when a Lance Eeson freekick was fumbled by the keeper.
Then with ten minutes remaining, Barnett was felled in the box and Bays had a second penalty. Eeson took this one, but again Robinson dived to his left and turned the shot clear. What might have been had that gone in?
Then with but five minutes remaining, Olympic were awarded a penalty for hand ball and McKenzie showed how they should be taken with a low drive into the corner of the net giving Gwilt no chance and himself a hat trick.
With the last minutes for the game, Olympic got their sixth from a freekick which Gwilt saved, the ball wasn’t cleared and Arash Sadeghi was on hand to put it away.
A below par display and with a bye on Monday in the Chatham Cup, hopefully some of the injuries can be cleared up.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Solomons, Estrin (Young 53), Zoghby, Bresnahan, Webster, Pilkington (Eeson 53), McKeown (Trent 77), Barnett
Scorers: Barnett 68, Eeson 76