East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays advanced to Round 3 of the Chatham Cup after being made to work hard by AFC Fury some four divisions lower playing in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty league. A three goal burst in the last few minutes over a tiring Fury side doubling the score, reinforcing the gulf between the sides.
Bays were in charge from the kickoff with Dillon Barnett forcing a corner early on and then forcing Fury keeper, veteran Neil Mouncher, into making a fine save. Kelly Escolme should have done better after being put through and Delkan Wynne and Mikael Munday were off target.
Fury were defending well, foiling many Bays attempts and frustrating the attackers. They also made a couple of breaks just after the half hour which stretched the Bays defence and kept them alert.
The opening goal arrived in the 38th minute when a Barnett cross came back off the crossbar and Escolme finished off from close in.
Fury should have leveled the score right on half time when their striker found himself with a clear shot on goal but he missed an absolute sitter, shooting wide.
The wayward striker had another chance just after the second half kickoff but Dave Ellensohn denied him with a good save.
The game changed in the 49th minute when Luiz Del Monte was taken out in the penalty area and the Fury defender dismissed for being the last man. Joe Bresnahan made no mistake from the penalty spot and Bays were 2-0 up.
Four minutes later, Bays on attack again and desperate Fury defending saw an illegal push on a Bays player. Bresnahan put away his second penalty. 3-0.
Fury’s striker was not having a good day. Put through with only the keeper to beat he was again denied by an Ellensohn block. The ball was quickly swept up field and Eric Jones-Seekie heded wide from a Nathan Buswell cross.
Bays were now in full control but missing too many chances. A great move involving Del Monte and Jason McKeown was spoilt by a poor finish from Jones-Seekie. In quick succession McKeown hit the upright and Baptiste Azame smacked his shot on to the crossbar. Jones-Seekie should have made it four when it was easier to score than miss, he chose the latter.
With time running out the goals started to flow. Jones-Seekie set up McKeown who gave the keeper no chance. Two minutes later, a McKeown free kick was headed home by Kris Carpenter and from the kick off Bays won the ball, Azame broke through a tired defence before unselfishly passing to Buswell to notch number six.
Team: Ellensohn, Darkwa, Edginton, Azame, Wynne, Bresnahan, Munday, Del Monte (Carpenter 78), Jones-Seekie, Escolme (Buswell 59), Barnett (McKeown 68)
Scorers: Escolme 38, Bresnahan pen 50, pen 54; McKeown 83, Carpenter 85, Buswell 86
The Development Team conceded an early penalty against Metro in their knockout cup competition but then scored nine goals before conceding another late goal. Zane Olla and John White each got a brace, with Connor Daw from the spot, Sam Barnfield, Brendan Wyatt and Wesley Baldwin also netting. Metro also assisted with an own goal.