East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
It took just 41 seconds for Bays to open the scoring, when they met Three Kings at Bays City Park. Kicking off, they surged up field, catching the visitors defence napping, allowing Dylan Stansfield to drive the ball into the top of the net.
Play settled down after this opening flurry, falling into a cycle of attack and counter. Logan Archer saw his drive go narrowly wide, while Stansfield was denied a second when Connor Tracey, the Three Kings keeper saved at feet.
At the other end, Michael Williams saved twice in succession from Scott Wallace, before Joe Bresnahan was denied by Tracey, Alec Solomons headed wide from a corner and a good run involving Jason McKeown and Zane Olla sadly came to nothing.
Half time came with Bays leading 1-0.
Bays started the second half on attack, a good run by Dillon Barnett ended in a corner, Stansfield had another attempt blocked and Barnett had another strike saved by Tracey.
Just short of the hour, Olla and John White broke up a Three Kings attack close to the goal. Olla carried the ball forward to half way, passing to Judd Baker who continued deep into Three Kings territory, before crossing to Barnett who slid the ball past the advancing Tracey into the net. 2-0 Bays.
More midfield stalemate before a run and cross by Olla saw Bays miss two chances in front of goal. Three Kings then wasted a free kick and White cleared off the line, keeping the Bays goal intact.
With Time running out, Three Kings threw everything into attack, but too often shots were hasty and wide of target. Despite this pressing, the Bays defence held firm for their second clean sheet.
A fine team performance.
Team: Williams, White, Kolston, Solomons, Archer (McMinn 83), Bresnahan, McKeown, Olla (Canton 72), Barnett, Stansfield, Mobberley (Baker 51)
Goals: Stansfield 1, Barnett 57