East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
An outstanding display from Wanderers keeper Matt Oliver plus some inept first half finishing denied East Coast Bays all three points at Porrit Park.
Both sides had players missing, a result of injury or suspension but it was Bays who made the first attempts on goal with Zane Olla heading over from a corner.
Brock Messenger then got the final touch to put the ball in the net, only to have the goal ruled out by the assistant referee, I think for offside. Messenger then made a break, resulting in a corner.
Lee Robinson headed over from a free kick before Wanderers had ther first strike on target with Alex Carr blocking Jama Boss. Play moved quickly from end to end with Oliver saving from Joe Bresnahan and Messenger in between a Carr save from Federico Marquez. A Tewi Te Pou drive was blocked by Jack Beguely
while Jack Anderson had two drives in the last fifteen minutes, the first parried by Oliver and the second deflected for a corner.
Half time saw the conclusion of an entertaining but scoreless half.
Rain had been threatening since before kick off and a light fall greeted the teams as they took the field for the second half. Bays were quickly back attacking and six minutes into the half, Oliver pulled off a great double save to deny both Judd Baker and Andre De Jong. He then saved from Robinson.
Bays won a free kick in the 55th minute and Jack Anderson’s shot was heading for the top corner of the net before Oliver somehow managed to get a hand to it, deflecting it over the crossbar, a save rivalling the best seen on highlights shows.
Wanderers hit back and Carr saved from Marquez.
With fifteen minutes remaining a Bays break put John White away. Oliver came out but White went past him and as other defenders closed shot on goal only to see the ball hit the upright.
The referee, who had been reluctant to issue anything other than a talking to in the first half, had shown five yellow cards since the interval. Adam Luque saw a second and Wanderers were down to ten. As Bays pressed the advantage, Oliver pulled off another great save, preventing an own goal.
The final ten minutes saw Messenger denied twice by good defending and both Bresnahan and Kieran McMinn off target, and for consecutive years this game ended scoreless.
Wanderers coach, Mark Cossey was relieved to get away with a share of the points and Bays were disappointed not to have all three.
Team: Carr, Messenger, Beguely, Robinson, Barnett, Bresnahan, Olla, De Jong,, Jack Anderson (McMinn 79), Baker (McKeown 70), White