East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A return to winning ways by East Coast Bays after three losses as they comfortably beat bottom placed Metro 3-1 in wintry conditions at Bays City Park. Despite the weather the ground was in fine condition and Bays threatened early with Jason McKeown narrowly wide from a corner.
Twenty minutes had passed when Ryan Zoghby took off on a run only to be upended in the box. Dan Peat took the penalty, only to se it saved by Andy Ralph the Metro keeper. However the kick had to be taken again due to movement in the box. Peat went for the other side of the goal but was again foiled by a great save by Ralph.
Seven minutes later, Bays were on the scoreboard when Leigh Kenyon, unmarked , received the ball in front of goal and calmly chipped the keeper.
Play went back and forth until the 39th minute when Metro were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. The ball was passed to player/coach Paul Seaman who blasted his shot into the top corner of the net to level the score.
The game had moved into first half stoppage time when Peat make a break down the left flank, crossed the ball to McKeown lurking on the far post and he made no mistake from close range.
Metro only had time to kick off before the halftime whistle went.
Bays came out for the second half determined to dominate.
A Dillon Barnett run found Peat but his shot was cleared off the line. Barnett then had a shot save by Ralph.
Goal number three came in the 74th minute when a Milos Nikolic pass found Tim Pilkington who lashed the ball into the top left corner of the net. Minutes later Jeff Campbell saw his header from a Peat cross denied by the keeper who got a hand to it deflecting it on to the crossbar and then to safety.
With ten minutes remaining, Metro made an unusual substitution. Keeper Andy Ralph was replaced by the impessive Reserve team keeper Fahim Hamza, but then Ralph himself replaced outfielder Kenji Nakamura, continuing the game in an outfield role.
The final minutes of the game saw Bays virtually camped in the metro penalty area. Nikolic was denied three times, Campbell twice and McKeown once as Metro defended desperately.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Solomons, Zoghby (Campbell 37), Morgan, Kenyon, Beguely, McKeown, Peat, Eeson (Nikolic 60), Barnett (Pilkington 70)
Scorers: Kenyon 27, McKeown 45+, Pilkington 74