East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
East Coast Bays lost this game because they played ‘dumb” football. They created more chances but butchered most of them and gave the ball away too often, allowing Onehunga Sports back into the game at vital times.
It all started so well. A pass from Joe Bresnahan that sent Kieran McMinn away and his shot was just over. A Zane Olla snap shot smacked against the crossbar with the keeper beaten.
Then in the 8th minute Bays gave away a free kick some 25 metres out. Kohei Tezuka took the kick and sent over the head of Aidan Gwilt into the net. It probably should have been saved.
An Olla break on fifteen minutes saw him push his strike wide and the game then developed into a series of attacks and counters notable only for the issuing of a couple of yellow cards which were to have consequences later on.
As the half wound down, the Sports keeper, Alex Gibson made a fine save to deny Dylan Stansfield and Sports countered from the pass out which saw Nick Sugden get his head to a cross and put the visitors 2-0 up.
Into stoppage time and Sugden was booked again, leaving Onehunga Sports a man down.
With the advantage of an extra player, Bays should have dominated, but failed to do so and the game slowly degenerated as an example of good football. Just past the hour, Bresnahan received a second yellow card and both teams were a man down.
Joshua Ming headed over from a Sports corner, Gibson saved a Dillon Barnett header and an Olla cross was missed by everyone. With twelve minutes remaining a James Anderson drive smacked into the top of the net giving Gibson no chance.
The more Bays tried for an equaliser, the more desperate they became and the worse they got, missing chance after chance.
The referee finally put both teams out of their misery.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Robinson (Pillay 80), James Anderson, Estrin, Bresnahan, Beguely, McKeown, McMinn (Jack Anderson 60), Olla, Stansfield (Azame 45)
Scorer: James Anderson 78