East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a low budget, black and white sci-fi horror movie made in 1956, which became a cult favourite of the Saturday matinee scene. It was remade in colour in 1978 and again, badly, in 1994.
The premise of the movie was of alien invaders replacing people with duplicates hatched from an alien pod, they looked and acted the same, spoke the same but were somehow different but difficult to determine how.
In watching the game against Bay Olympic on Saturday, one has to wonder, ever so slightly, whether or not this premise might apply to East Coast Bays who delivered a flat performance in losing 2-0 to Bay Olympic, or was it simply tiredness after playing seven games in a month and three in the last week.
The visitors took advantage of the strong wind from kick off and scored after four minutes when a Craig Wylie strike found the back of the net.
Play continued back and forth with Nathan Palmer and Dan Peat being denied for ECB and Steven Holloway miskicking in front of goal and Michael Mayne hitting the upright when Bay Olympic were attacking.
Some great defending by Jack Beguely saved the hosts when Phil Edginton lost the ball on halfway, but Edginton was unlucky to have his header cleared off the line late in the half.
Just as the half time break was looming, Olympic were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, and with virtually the last kick of the half, Mayne hammered a shot into the top of the net, giving Aidan Gwilt no chance and the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
Bays had the wind at their backs in the second half but Olympic seemed to want the ball more and Yoji Tanabe was denied be the defence while Gwilt blocked Mayne and then palmed away a Colin Gardyne header on the line.
At the other end of the park, Jeff Campbell’s free kick was cleared and Edginton , Dillon Barnett and Scott Campbell all shot wide.
Passes were being carried too far by the wind allowing Olympic to clear most attacks without being under too much pressure as Bays pressed for a goal.
It clearly wasn’t going to happen when in one of the last attacks, Kelly Escolme got a chance right in front. He steadied himself, picked his spot and shot, only to be denied by Nathan Strom who flung himself across the goal and deflected the shot wide.
Central United at home next weekend, hope someone finds that alien pod and gives us our team back.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Edginton (Darkwa 86), Beguely, Wynne, Munday, Bresnahan, McKeown, Campbell, Peat (Escolme 68), Palmer (Scott Campbell 68)