East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays moved into third position on the league table with a 1-0 victory over Central United in their final home game of the season.
There was a lot on back and forth play in the opening minutes with both teams probing for weaknesses to exploit. Aidan Gwilt was faced with another looping, dropping all that caused him problems against Forrest Hill but he dealt with this one with customary aplomb.
Gwilt was again in action in the twelfth minute when he saved at the feet of Rory Kelly following a Central break. The Bays defence then cleared the rebound.
Jeff Campbell was causing the Central defence a lot of grief with his set pieces from free kicks and corners but unfortunately there was no one from Bays on hand to take advantage of them.
With the final minutes of the half approaching, Dillon Barnett was put through down the right flank. His cross eluded the Central keeper and Tim Pilkington who had made a run down the left, was on hand to put the ball in the net from close range to give Bays a 1-0 lead at the break.
Bays had dominated the first half but Central got themselves back in the game by concentrating on football instead of arguing with the referee. Play flowed from end to end with neither side able to create clear cut chances.
Joe Bresnahan and Jason McKeown came close with Campbell hitting his shot wide, while Central’s Ian Hogg had his shot blocked.
With just seven minutes remaining, Ryan Zoghby miss hit a pass that was picked up by Stuart Hogg who broke through the defence only to put his shot just wide of the upright as Gwilt came out to try and block him. Sighs of relief from both players and supporters.
A 90th minute Central free kick was too high and Barnett broke only to be foiled by a good save from Liam Little in the Central goal and it was all over. Three points for Bays.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby, Beguely, Morgan,, Bresnahan, Campbell, McKeown, Kenyon (Trent 83), Peat (Barnett 31), Pilkington (Sheehan 75)
Scorer: Pilkington 44