East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
After dominating the early part of the game, it was a nervous last twenty minutes as East Coast Bays hung on to a narrow lead to take the points against a never-say-die Manurewa side.
Bays made the early running with Deklan Wynne intercepting a Manurewa short corner to put the home side on attack but they could only force a corner at the other end.
Nathan Palmer dragged a shot just wide before getting his head to a Jason McKeown cross to open the scoring in the eleventh minute.
Manurewa struck back and Dylan Stansfield forced a good save from Aidan Gwilt.
Bays started to exert control and the Manurewa keeper made a great save to deny Jeff Campbell from a free kick and McKeown was off target with another chance.
Wynne made an impressive run down the flank but this cross was cut out by the keeper, Palmer saw his header go straight to the custodian and Mikael Munday headed wide in the last moments of the half.
The second half was only two minutes gone when the referee collided with a player and had to receive treatment for a cut lip from the whistle in his mouth. After some patching up by the physio he was replaced by the first assistant and took his place on the line.
Bays dominated the next period of play but couldn’t finish, Munday headed just over the bar from a corner, Palmer made a great run only to see his diverted and was then ruled offside after breaking through the defences and McKeown and Campbell were frustrated with attempts.
Then just after the hour Jack Beguely was put through, he outpaced the defence and nutmegged the keeper to give Bays a 2-0 lead.
Manurewa might have been down but they were not out and three minutes later Stu Roberts took advantage of a careless defence to place his header past Gwilt and they were back in the game.
It was Bays’ turn to get the wobbles, Manurewa breached the defence only to shoot wide and a poor clearance by Gwilt found a Manurewa player unmarked but they were unable to take advantage of this.
Bays had their chances but some wasteful passing spoilt several chances and spectators were relieved when the final whistle went.
Another win, but more clinical finishing required.
Team: Gwilt, Beguely, Edginton, Munday (Peat 71), Wynne, Kenyon (Scott Campbell 60), Bresnahan, Jeff Campbell (Escolme 81), McKeown, Barnett, Palmer.
Scorers: Palmer 11, Beguely 63