East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Harry Blackmore made his Premier debut in sensational fashion scoring within 60 seconds of coming on the field and then being bundled over in the penalty area in the final minutes to win a stoppage time penalty. Called into the squad due to the lengthy injury list, Blackmore had been scoring goals for the Development Team, while finding the back of the net had become a problem for the first team strike force.
The torrential rain promised had arrived earlier in the day and the pitch had dried out as the teams kicked off. Play meandered back and forth for the first fifteen minutes, punctuated frequently by the referees whistle in what proved to be a stop-start game.
Alex Carr made the first save, taking care of a George Debenham drive, while at the other end, James Anderson had a shot charged down and Adam McDonald dealt with a Joe Bresnahan strike.
Western Springs took the lead in the 36th minute when Bays lost the ball in midfield. Debenham made the break and wrong-footed Carr as he placed the all in the corner of the net.
It could have been 2-0 with five minutes to go in the half when a Sam Burfoot drive smacked against the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
Stern words were said during the break and Bays were quickly on attack with a Jack Anderson drive saved by McDonald who also denied John White while Jack Anderson was blocked by the defence.
Another Bays attack followed and this time White found the corner of the net and the teams were level.
Western Springs wasted a good chance, Alec Solomons go forward to test McDonald, Carr pulled off a great save from a free kick at the other end and then repeated his effort to deny Western Springs again.
Blackmore replaced Jack Anderson, Bays attacked down the left flank, Bresnahan crossed a delightful ball finding Blackmore on the far post and his header gave McDonald no chance.
Western Springs were deflated and tried hard for an equaliser as time ran out. As the game entered stoppage time, Bays attacked again and Blackmore was dumped in the box. The referee pointed to the spot, Bresnahan made no mistake and the game was safe.
Not the best game to watch, far too many stoppages and some poor passing giving the ball away far too often, but three valuable points.
Team: Carr, Barnett, Beguly, Robinson, Solomons, James Anderson, Bresnahan, De Jong, Jack Anderson (Blackmore 78), Olla (Pillay 89), White (Zwetsloot 87)
Scorers: White 52, Blackmore 79, Bresnahan pen 90