East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
This was a cracking game, one of the best of the season, as two footballing teams turned it on, helped by an immaculate pitch.
The game was only three minutes old when Dan Peat noted that Central keeper Jacob Spoonley was well off his line and unleashed a cheeky lob from 25 metres.
Spoonley was scrambling to get back and his blushes were spared when the ball landed on the crossbar and bounced safely behind the goal.
Central had a good chance minutes later but James Hoyt was just wide.
Play was going back and forth very quickly and Mario Hofmann was put through only to place his shot wide and at the other end good defending by Baptists Azame denied Central.
An almost embarrassing moment for Bays custodian, Aidan Gwilt when he had a clearance charged down, fortunately the ball went wide.
Bays had a great chance when Andre De Jong made a great run down the right flank and crossed the ball but both Hofmann and Peat were unable to put the chance away.
Just after the half hour, Bays opened the scoring. Joe Bresnahan won the ball on halfway, found De Jong with an incisive pass and he out sprinted the defence to slot past Spoonley.
Five minutes later it was 2-0. Bays won a free kick inside the Central half, they were expecting a right footed free kick from De Jong. Instead Deklan Wynne took the kick, found Dylan Stansfield and his flicked header gave Spoonley no chance.
The final ten minutes of the half were incident packed with Joseph Dawkins heading over from a Central corner, Hofmann rounding Spoonley only to miss an open goal, Spoonley saving a Peat header and a Hofmann strike and then Gwilt saving a Central free kick.
Fabrizio Tavano had been tormenting the Bays defence all game and five minutes into the second half he won a penalty after being brought down by Gwilt. Tavano took the penalty himself and although Gwilt guessed the right way and got a hand to it he couldn’t keep it out of the net.
Gwilt denied Jordan Roberts and just before the hour, Spoonley was sent off for a professional foul after handling outside the box in blocking a De Jong run.
Oliver Sail came on as Regont Murati was sacrificed and his first action was a diving save to deny the De Jong free kick.
A run down the right by Stansfield saw his cross palmed away by Sail but Wynne was unable to get a foot to it.
It was still end to end with Peat put through but shooting wide and Adam McGeorge having his shot cleared off the line at the other end and then Sail saving twice from Hofmann.
Tavano was blocked in the area and John Irving was unable to beat Gwilt, Stansfield saw his chance turned for a corner and Jack Anderson was put through but couldn’t beat Sail.
The game had moved into stoppage time when Luiz Del Monte made a break, played the through ball to De Jong who calmly placed his shot wide of Sail to calm the nerves of the Bays supporters.
However it still wasn’t over as from the kick off Central attacked, Irving found himself in front of an open goal and somehow managed to hit the upright instead of scoring.
An excellent game with both teams contributing.
Team : Gwilt, Barnett, Carpenter, Azame, Wynne, Bresnahan McKeown, De Jong,
Stansfield (Darkwa 89), Hoffman (Del Monte 84), Peat (Anderson 79)
Scorers: De Jong 31, 91, Stansfield 36