East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Bays opened the scoring in the first minute and snatched the equaliser in the final minute of normal time of a pulsating game in which both teams committed to attack from the opening whistle to the last.
Bays kicked off, attacked and won a corner in the first thirty seconds. Jason McKeown curled his kick right to an unmarked Lee Robinson who headed home before the first minute of the game was up.
Onehunga Sports hit back and Alex Carr was called on to save a free kick from Akira Maeda. Play went back and forth with attack and counter from both sides until the eighteenth minute when Caleb Rufer blasted a drive into the top of the net to restore parity.
Two minutes later, Sports went ahead when the ball was crossed from the right and Kyosuke Kitano beat his defender and smacked a low drive into the corner of the net giving Carr no chance.
It was developing into a very open game and both Dylan Stansfield and Dillon Barnett had chances denied by Onehunga Sports keeper, Tim Allen. Then just past the half hour, Bays were attacking, a shot was made, a hand blocked it and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Joe Bresnahan made no mistake and the sides were level again.
As the half wound down, Bays launched a series of attacks that had the Sports defence defending desperately, but half time arrived with no further addition to the score.
Onehunga Sports spent the first ten minutes of the second half testing the Bays defence, before a Bays break saw the ball in the back of the net only for the goal to be disallowed for something.
Allen then made a great save to deny Barnett before James Anderson broke from midfield and powered a shot past him to give Bays the lead again.
Carr saved a free kick but Sports then broke quickly, Sean Lovemore scored, and the teams were level again.
Carr then denied Kitano and as Bays were trying to bring on a substitute, but receiving no help from the assistant referee, who three times ignored the request, Onehunga Sports made a break and Lovemore placed his header wide of Carr. Sports were back in the lead, much to the fury of the Bays bench.
Both teams were at it, hammer and tongs, as the game wound down. The final minute of normal time saw a Bays attack develop into a goalmouth scramble. Zane Olla got a touch, which may have taken a slight deflection, the ball crossed the line and the scores were level once again. The final whistle soon followed.
Not one for the faint-hearted, sharing the points was probably the right result.
Team: Carr, Forrester (Peat 61), Beguely, Robinson, Solomons, Bresnahan, McKeown, James Anderson (Jack Anderson 81), Barnett, Stansfield (Olla 76), Baker.
Scorers: Robinson 1, Bresnahan pen 33, James Anderson 66, Olla 90