East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
To win, sometimes you have to win ugly and this is what East Coast Bays did at Madills Farm on Sunday as they gut’s out a 3-2 victory.
The pitch looked like one you would find on a farm but for the first 25 minutes it was of no consequence as Bays blitzed Suburbs and it seemed they would rack up a massive score, but 2-0 up they eased up and allowed Suburbs back into the game.
Right from the kick off Bays were heaping pressure on Suburbs and the first chance came after two minutes when good play saw Suburbs torn apart only for a number of Bays players to get in each others way and the ball was cleared.
Two minutes later, a Jeff Campbell free kick from the right was flighted to the far post and Mikael Munday ghosted in to place his header into the net, giving bays an early lead.
Bays continued to do most of the pressing and Jason McKeown and Deklan Wynne combined well to set up Dan Peat but his final strike was wide.
Jeff Campbell and Joe Bresnahan both had long range strikes slightly off target before Bresnahan won a header, the ball was pushed through to Peat who outpaced his marker and slotted the ball past Sean Dowling giving the keeper no chance.
At this stage Bays were all over Suburbs and it seemed a massive score was on the horizon but Bays then cut baclk on the pressure and this allowed Suburbs to recover and come back into the game.
They had a couple of chances earlier but on the half hour they broke the ball was played to Kyosuki Kitano who took the ball down the left flank before crossing to George Slefendores who scored from close range.
Eight minutes later another Suburbs break after Bays had given the ball away on halfway saw two attackers descend on Seamus Casey and Jade Mesias made it 2-2.
Further attack and counter followed up to the half time break where Bays were to wonder, how come with all that possession they were level on goals.
A Scott Campbell drive was deflected for a corner in the early minutes of the second half, but that was it for a while as Bays were forced to defend wave after wave of Suburbs attacks. Giving the ball away many times didn’t help.
The loss of Deklan Wynne to injury early in the half meant reorganization and Suburbs playmaker, Haider Jabir, was getting too much time on the ball as the game developed into trench warfare with both sides defending strongly.
Then with twenty minutes remaining, Bays won a free kick out on the left. Jeff Campbell took the kick and placed it on the head of Phil Edginton who powered home his header to give Bays back the lead.
The rest of the gave was “what we have we hold” and Bays held out Suburbs who didn’t help themselves with some wayward shooting.
Not a pretty game but three vital points that keep the team in championship contention. Strong games from McKeown and Edginton.
Team: Casey, Beguely, Edginton, Munday, Wynne (Messenger 54), Bresnahan, Scott Campbell (Barnett 69), McKeown, Jeff Campbell, Palmer (Halkyard 69), Peat
Scorers: Munday 4, Peat 23, Edginton 70