East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Bay Olympic were too good for East Coast Bays at Olympic Park using their experience and expertise to win 3-0 and take out the Championship for the second consecutive year.
A goal-shy Bays side created plenty of chances in the first half but injuries and inexperience meant they didn’t apply enough pressure and were made to pay for it. The first quarter hour saw Bays squander three good chances: Nathan Palmer hit his shot wide and high, Deklan Wynne saw his cross turned for a corner and a great move involving Emmanuel Darkwa and Dan Peat saw the ball cleared only as far as Scott Campbell but his strike scraped past the wrong side of the upright.
With their first real attack, Bay Olympic scored. Bays gave away a corner, it wasn’t cleared with too many defenders expecting someone else to do something and Yoji Tanabe bundled the ball over the line. Olympic now roared into life. Chad Coombes and Michael Mayne shot wide, Jason McKeown retaliated with a strike that was just off target, Jono Key saw is header scrape over the crossbar and Coombes was off target again.
As the halftime break neared, Olympic should have doubled their score. Aidan Gwilt blocked a Steven Holloway drive, and Robbie Greenhalgh put the rebound wide. In stoppage time Palmer forced a corner and Phil Edginton saw his header smack against the upright and rebound to safety.
Bay Olympic came out with all guns blazing for the start of the second half. Gwilt saved from Tanabe but three minutes into the half, a cross found Holloway unmarked in front of goal and his header gave Gwilt no chance. Tanabe put a header wide before Joe Bresnahan and Julian Halkyard were wide with chances at the other end.
It was all Bay Olympic at this stage with Bays defending desperately. Joe Edwards, Mayne and Holloway Missed chances, while Darkwa cut out a dangerous cross allowing Gwilt to pick the ball up. Craig Wyllie rattled the crossbar with a drive before a rare Bays attack forced Chris Marsh into a save from a Campbell free kick. In stoppage time, Chad Coombes smashed in a 25 metre drive to complete the scoring and ensure Bay Olympic were champions again.
Disappointment for Bays who need points from their remaining two games to ensure runners up position.
Team: Gwilt, Darkwa, Beguely, Edgington (Grove 56), Wynne, Bresnahan, Campbell, McKeown, Palmer, Escolme (Halkyard 46), Peat (Munday 52)