East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A directionless East Coast Bays bowed out of the Chatham Cup to Tauranga City United at Bays City Park. Although missing several players through injury, and with several defensive positional changes, they showed little creativity against a side who, although two divisions lower, were prepared to put all on the line and wanted the game more than Bays.
A Kris Carpenter header in the ninth minute was blocked on the line by Tauranga’s keeper Tom Pamment and that was the extent of Bays striking ability in a very average first half where Tauranga showed much more enterprise and could have taken the lead had it not been for the ability of keeper Sam Copp who saved a one on one with Andrew Cooper late in the half.
A half time bollocking saw Bays emerge with more purpose and Carpenter was again just wide with a header and Deklan Wynne had a great run but there was no one to meet his cross.
At the other end, Andrew Smith cleared off the line and Copp again denied Cooper in a one on one situation. The introduction of Luiz Del Monte midway through the half finally saw some creativity appear in attacking movements.
Then, disaster in the 71st minute, when Carpenter was adjudged to have brought down a player and Tauranga were awarded a penalty which was converted by Sam O’Regan.
This time Bays hit back within four minutes when Del Monte put John White through and he cut in from the right to slot the ball past Pamment. Bays continued to attack and with five minutes remaining, Tauranga were reduced to ten when O’Regan received a second yellow card.
Time ran out and the game went to extra time. Copp again pulled off a fine save and at the other end Pamment denied Del Monte. The second period of extra time saw Bays attacking the Tauranga goal, pouring players forward. A Tauranga break found Bays lacking in defence and Jerahi Hughes broke through and gave Copp no chance putting the visitors back in the lead again.
From the kick off Bays surged down on the Tauranga goal and Mario Hoffman scrambled the ball home to restore parity.
Copp again denied a Tauranga break and just when it seemed the game would go to penalties, Jordan Culpepper unleashed a volley from some 40 metres that caught Copp slightly off his line and crept in under the crossbar. A jubilant Tauranga then held out to deservedly take the game.
A poor performance, apart from some of the younger players, with Sam Copp outstanding in goal.
Team: Copp, Smith (Del Monte 68), Carpenter, Crawford (White 73), Wynne, Darkwa, Azame, McKeown, Barnett (Anderson 59), Hoffman, Peat
Scorers: White 75, Hoffman 107