East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Playing the bottom team in the league is never the doddle that some think it is but East Coast Bays made hard work of the game with an underwhelming performance and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
With Waitakere electing not to produce a programme or teams list it was impossible to put names to most of their players but #7 was the first to strike forcing a Dave Ellensohn save in the third minute. This was countered by a break by Dillon Barnett who forced his way out of defence before passing wide to Nathan Buswell who took off down the right flank. His cross into the penalty area found a Bays player flagged for offside and the attack foundered.
Waitakere should have taken the lead in the 18th minute when Rory Turner had a great chance from a cross but put his shot wide when he should really have scored.
At the other end, a Phil Edginton header was saved by the Waitakere keeper following a corner and Buswell also had a shot saved..
Bays took the lead in the 26th minute when a Luiz Del Monte pass found Jason Mc Keown who put a through ball through to Barnett who opened the scoring with a low drive that gave the keeper no chance.
The visitors swept back into attack straight from the kick off, won a free kick, but Del Monte was just wide with his attempt on goal. Barnett then broke down the left and crossed but the ball was missed by all, both attackers and defenders. Buswell saw his shot turned for a corner by the keeper and a Del Monte cross to Kelly Escolme saw the header put wide.
This profligacy in front of goal turned round to bite Bays in the 40th minute when a Waitakere cross from the right flank eluded Ellensohn and Turner was on the spot, this time not to be denied..
Following the break, Waitakere came at Bays, Turner was put through but blocked by Edginton, while Bays were giving the ball away far to easily, winning it back most times. But losing possession again and again.
Poor defending allowed Waitakere to break just before the hour, a corner was conceded and #7 powered a header into the net the give Waitakere the lead.
Bays hit back immediately when Barnett passwed to Eric Jones-Seekie who had only just come on as a substitute. Displaying amazing composure, Jones-Seekie, out-witted two defenders before planting the ball in the back of the net.
Sensing a chance to snatch all points, Bays finally started to play. Brock Messenger made a great run down the right flank but spoilt it all with a poor final delivery, a Del Monte free kick came agonizingly close, Barnett headed wide as did Kris Carpenter.
With five minutes remaining, a second yellow card for Joe Bresnahan saw Bays down to ten and their chances of snatching victory went from slim to none.
With other results going their way, a win would have put Bays top of the league, but that will have to wait.
Team: Ellensohn, Messenger, Carpenter, Edginton, Munday (Wynne 62), Bresnahan, McKeown, Del Monte, Buswell (Beguely 59), Escolme (Jones-Seekie 55), Barnett
Scorers: Barnett 26, Jones-Seekie 60
The Development Team started well in their game with Sam Barnfield grabbing a brace with 15 minutes, but despite dominating the game couldn’t add to the score before the break. Waitakere pulled a goal back before a Wesley Baldwin strike increased the lead. Waitakere added another before late goals to Matt Du Toit and Te Rui Carter ensured a 5-2 victory