East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Two points dropped – no mistake. This was a game that Bays should have won comfortably, such was their dominance, especially in the first half.
The Bays defence was rock solid, midfield won plenty of ball, but it all turned to custard when it got up front. So many chances, so many misses.
In the first ten minutes, five good chances, Jason McKeown, Dylan Stansfield and Baptiste Azame were wide, while Mario Hoffman and Stansfield were denied by good defending..
Aidan Gwilt had to save a Waitakere free kick while desperate defending by Waitakere kept the scoreboard quiet.
Just past the half hour, a Dan Peat cross went right across the face of the goal with no one getting near it and as the half drew to a close, Waitakere cleared off the line and a Hoffman drive was beaten away by the keeper.
Waitakere must have found some solace from the half time score as they were a lot more attack minded but proved as inept in front of goal as Bays. Their #3 was booked for diving in the box (no match day programme).
At the other end, Peat headed wide from a Deklan Wynne cross and Dillon Barnett was wide after latching on to a poor goal kick.
Gwilt pulled off a good save after a clearance was charged down but the last half hour was a litany of misses from both sides. Hoffman had two one on ones with the keeper and hit him each time, John White saw his chance turned for a corner while Stansfield, Barnett and Azame put chances wide.
This inability to score is becoming a worry with harder games on the horizon.
Team: Gwilt, Darkwa, Carpenter, Crawford, Wynne, Azame, McKeown, Stansfield (Smith 86), Peat (Anderson 61), Hoffman (White 71), Barnett