East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays created enough chances to have won the game several times over but could only convert one in the dying stages whereas Bay Olympic were far more clinical, putting away three from far less attempts.
The visitors also showed much more hunger for a result, putting their bodies on the line with some brave defending.
It all started well for ECB as they took the game to Olympic. A Luiz Del Monte free kick was charged down, Daniel Jones blocked another attempt, and Nathan Buswell sent Mikael Munday down the flank, only for his run to be spoilt by a poor finish – all this in the first ten minutes.
Bay Olympic are not a team to lie down and play became very tight with both sides nullifying each other. Kris Carpenter headed over, Buswell got through but put his shot wide, a Jason McKeown free kick eluded everyone, Deklan Wynne hit a chance over the bar and good defending kept the home side at bay and the game scoreless at half time.
The second half saw the visitors come out fired up and ready for a game. Dave Ellensohn pulled off a good save to deny Chad Coombes, before a long ball found Maxim Manko and he found the corner of the net to give Olympic the lead.
Bays were guilty of taking the wrong option too many times, whether it was holding on to the ball too long before passing, putting attackers offside, or a wild cross from the flank that denied any chance of scoring.
They thought they had equalized in the 56th minute when Jack Beguely crossed and Ryan Elder diverted the ball into his own net but the linesman’s flag for offside ruled it out.
Olympic took advantage of the reprieve, launching an attack which saw a Coombes header going for goal before a brilliant goal line clearance by Joe Bresnahan. Unfortunately the resultant corner from Craig Wylie found Manko and he scored from close range to make it 2-0.
The visitors could now scent victory and flung everything into defence and were aided by some dreadful finishing from Bays who were getting more and more frustrated.
A poor clearance found Joe Edwards in front of goal but he was blocked, Bays attacked, Kelly Escolme slid the ball through to Del Monte and he finished off and it was 2-1.
Any chance of a fight back to share the points was snuffed out five minutes later when another Wylie cross was headed on to Kyoske Kitano in front of goal and he had an easy finish.
The final minutes saw the goalscoring woes continue with more missed chances.
Team: Ellensohn, Beguely, Carpenter, Azame, Wynne, Munday (Darkwa 72), (Bresnahan, McKeown, Buswell (Barnett 58), Jones-Seekie (Escolme 72), Del Monte
Scorer: Del Monte 80
The Development Team continued their winning way with a comfortable 5-0 win over Bay Olympic Reserves. John White and Sam Barnfield each scored twice with Te Rui Carter getting the other.