East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Heavy rain before kickoff left Porritt Stadium sodden and waterlogged making play difficult with the ball stopping on the surface water, becoming hard to control and frustrating players from both sides.
Bays had an early chance when Luiz Del Monte put Joe Bresnahan through but his shot was held up making an easy save for the keeper. Kelly Escolme got through minutes later but also couldn’t beat the keeper.
Wanderers hit back and Dave Ellensohn saved a header from a corner and was almost caught out when Eder Franchini spotted him off his line and attempted a lob from some 35 metres. With Ellensohn struggling to get back the shot hit the crossbar and bounced over.
With the water on the pitch destroying any attempt to play one touch football, both sides were reduced to Route 1 play, putting the ball in the air in an effort to move it forward. Nathan Buswell saw his cross cleared, Jason McKeown and Bresnahan saw drives clear the crossbar and Emmanuel Darkwa has a rare chance saved by the keeper.
Half time came without any score and the honours going to the pitch over the teams.
The break allowed the pitch to lose the worst of the puddles although it was still very wet down the flanks With four minutes gone in the half, Dillon Barnett received the ball out wide on the right. Drawing a couple of defenders with him, he managed to control the ball before cutting it back into the middle where Del Monte was on hand to thump the ball into the top of the net and give Bays the lead.
The high ball was common and the centre back pairing of Phil Edginton and Kris Carpenter dominated winning virtually every header unless taken out by attackers who had no hope of winning the ball. Wanderers had a chance past the hour but Graham Kay headed wide from a Gurjeet Singh corner.
Bays played out from the corner the ball went to Buswell who cut in towards goal and was brought down my Raymond How. How was deemed to be the last man in defence and was red carded for the offence.
Captain Joe Bresnahan took the penalty and planted it low into the corner of the net to give Bays a 2-0 lead against ten men.
Wanderers pressed but go no change from the Bays defence, Buswell shot wide and Bresnahan had a drive well saved.
As the game was winding down Kay got one back for the home side when his shot took a deflection to beat Ellensohn and Bays were reduced to ten when Baptiste Azame got this second yellow card.
The last few minutes were anxious one for the Bays bench and supporters as Wanderers went for an equalizer. Franchini had a chance in stoppage time but blazed is shot just over the bar before the final whistle went.
A far better performance then last wekk. The back four of Darkwa, Carpenter, Edginton and Deklan Wynne were outstanding, but the rest of the team all put on great performances.
Team: Ellensohn, Darkwa, Carpenter, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, Del Monte (Azame 73), Barnett, Escolme (Messenger 84), Buswell
Scorers: Del Monte 49, Bresnahan pen 68
The Develpopment Team lost 2-0 in a game played in atrocious conditions on an outlying field. The heavy rain that flooded the stadium earlier fell throughout the game which should rally have been called off. A Wanderers defender suffered a season-ending injury due to the conditions.