East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays turned on a sublime first half performance which overwhelmed Three Kings and had the match over in all but name by the halftime break..
It took a while to dominate with play surging back and forth for the first twenty minutes with Marshall Gurney and Mikhail Beredvelt putting pressure on the Bays defence with some surging runs and it required a fine block by Jack Beguely to deny Gurney.
Kelly Escolme had the home teams first real chance only to have it diverted for a corner, then a Dillon Barnett break lead to a pass to Escolme who saw his shot scraped off the line by Three Kings keeper Liam Anderson.
The resulting corner from Luiz Del Monte was missed by Anderson and Mikael Munday headed in from close range to open the scoring..
Three Kings kicked off and lost the ball which was played through to Escolme, the keeper came out for the block but was deftly chipped and Bays were 2-0 up.
Minutes later, a run by Deklan Wynne down the left, saw a cross to Escolme and another shot turned for a corner. The cross from the corner found the head of Kris Carpenter and the header was again blocked for a corner.
McKeowns corner again found Carpenter, Anderson could only parry his header and Eric Jones-Seekie was able to poke the ball home from close range.
Half time came as a relief to Three Kings..
The second half was always going to be a bit of a letdown with Bays having a comfortable lead and Three Kings in damage control.
Play meandered back and forth until the 77th minute when Nathan Buswell got hold of a cross to make it 4-0.
Four minutes later, any hopes of a clean sheet were dashed when substitute Calvin Opperman lashed home a 30 metre drive that gave Dave Ellensohn no chance.
With five minutes remaining, Anderson saved at the feet of Escolme to prevent and additional scoring and Bays had another victory.
Team: Ellensohn, Beguely, Carpenter, Edginton, Wynne, McKeown, Munday, Del Monte (Azame 84), Jones-Seekie (Messenger 79), Escolme, Barnett (Buswell 69)
Scorers: Munday 28, Escolme 30, Jones-Seekie 39, Buswell 77
The Development Team dominated their game against Three Kings although it took them until the second half to score. Alec Solomons opened with a fine header and Te Rui Carter made sure of the points late in the game. 2-0 Bays