East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
An outstanding goalkeeping performance by Alex Carr, especially in the latter stages of the game, highlighted a great team performance as East Coast Bays deservedly defeated Onehunga Sports 2-1 at Waikaraka Park.
A pristine pitch and crisp winters day made ideal conditions for football with both teams up for the game, Onehunga with their long ball approach and Bays preferring a more intricate passing build up.
Joe Bresnahan fired the first shot, which had Jay Christiansen, Onehunga’s keeper, scrambling to keep the ball out of the goal. The game then became a back and forth affair of attack and counter with both sides creating and being foiled.
Some great defending by Dillon Barnett denied Onehunga on the break and at the other end the home defence scrambled the ball clear to deny Bays. With halftime approaching Christiansen beat Eric Jones-Seekie to the ball and both teams went to the break unable to break the deadlock.
Ten minutes into the second half, the deadlock was finally broken. A Jason Hicks cross was punched clear by Christiansen to deny waiting Bays attackers. Unfortunately for him, his clearance went to Jones-Seekie, the one player capable of controlling the clearance and volleying the ball into the back of the net, which is exactly what he did, giving Bays the lead.
Three minutes later the score was doubled as another Bays attack involving several players saw Hicks avoid a tackle and finish off from close range. 2-0 Bays.
Onehunga Sports hit back from the kick off, with a Ross Haviland drive blocked by Carr and Kris Carpenter clearing off the line. The home side continued to throw everything they could at Bays, Deklan Wynne defending well to deny them and Carr again blocking Tim Hayhow when he got in scoring position.
Bays survived and got back into the game but as the final ten minutes began, they appeared to switch off slightly. Carr was again in the limelight pulling off three consecutive saves to deny Onehunga yet again. Four minutes later another save to deny Rory Kelly. Then with four minutes of normal time remaining, Onehunga finally got the ball in the net. A goalmouth scramble saw the ball bounce around until it finally went off the chest of Iwa Shaker over the line and Onehunga had pulled one back.
The home side smelled blood and it required some desperate defending by Bays to keep them out. A last minute free kick when Carr was penalized for taking too long to get rid of the ball was cleared and then followed five long minutes of stoppage time until the final whistle sounded.
A fine team effort coupled with some outstanding goal keeping.
Team: Carr, Beguely, Carpenter, Edginton, Wynne, Bresnahan, McKeown, Hicks, Jones-Seekie (Del Monte 85), Escolme (Munday 66), Barnett (Buswell 75)
Scorers: Jones-Seekie 56, Hicks 59