East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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It took a stoppage time goal against a, by then, nine man Central side for East Coast Bays to get the winner in a game they should really have put away before half time had they taken only a small portion of the chances they created.
A ninth minute strike by Nathan Palmer from a Dillon Barnett run and cross, gave Bays an early lead and three minutes later, Palmer sent a ball into the area only for Jason McKeown to head wide.
Dan Peat had a penalty shout denied after being clattered in the box and then Palmer hit the back of the net with another strike only to be ruled offside.
The same player then put another shot just wide, good tackling by Stuart Hogg denied Bays, Jeff Campbell chipped the onrushing keeper only to see the ball go just over the crossbar and peat got through the defence only to shot wide.
At the other end, Jason Hicks had a chance and Hogg hit the upright with a strike.
With half time looming, the Central Keeper, Patrick George, punched clear a corner, the ball was swept up the field and Paul Urlovic was on hand to level the score.
Bays replied in stoppage time but a Jeff Campbell free kick was punched clear by George and a Palmer strike was deflected past the upright.
Two minutes into the second half, a McKeown strike rattled the crossbar and at the Bays end a Mikhail Bredeveldt shot hit the side netting, giving supporters some anxious seconds.
Bays were making some great runs which were being wasted by a poor final pass or shooting straight at the keeper.
The just past the hour, Central were down to ten when Jacob Hall tangled with Palmer, chased him, lunged at him and dramatically collapsed as if injured. Referee Cory Mills, who had tried to keep the game flowing, consulted with both his assistants before red carding Hall.
Bays have never been very good playing against ten men and Central kept themselves very much in the game with Byron Paulus forcing a good save from Aidan Gwilt and Urlovic heading against the crossbar.
Scott Campbell got on the end of a Deklan Wynne cross only to see his shot go just over while Gwilt made another smart save to deny Sam Jenkins.
Then in the 89th minute Bredeveldt went down in the box. Referee Mills told him to get up several times so he could book him for simulation. Bredeveldt finally got to his feet and was then booked for time wasting, so had to leave the field and Central were down to nine.
There was a fair amount of stoppage time to play and Bays attacked, the ball was cleared only as far as Peat on the edge of the box, he found a little space and drilled the ball low and hard into the bottom of the net, giving George no chance.
Central had one last hurrah as Nick Dale saw his shot skip across the Bays goal.
A hard won battle in the end, helped immensely by a man of the match performance by Dillon Barnett, former striker now playing fullback who covered kilometers down the right flank from defence to attack.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Beguely, Munday, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, Scott Campbell (Darkwa 79), Jeff Campbell, Peat, Palmer (Messenger 81)
Scorers: Palmer 9, Peat 91