East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
What a difference a week can make. From the high of defeating league leaders and Chatham Cup holders, Eastern Suburbs to a bumbling, error-ridden display at Keith Hay Park and only one change to the team line up. Very embarrassing to hear a spectator comment “How did this lot ever beat Suburbs?”
Bays had an early chance when a Jason McKeown free kick was fumbled by the keeper, but Three Kings broke quickly down the left flank. Max Manko outsmarted the defence, his first effort was blocked by Alex Carr, but with no cover, Manko got the rebound and slotted into an empty net. One down, after two minutes.
Dylan Stansfield managed to get a shot in which the keeper saved, but most of the play was down the other end, with Bays under pressure defensively. Some good goalkeeping and poor finishing ensured the score stayed the same until just short of the half hour when Three Kings won a free kick on the edge of the box. Scott Wallace took the kick which should have been cleared, but Carr was unsighted by a defender stepping in front of him and the ball ended up in the net. 2-0 down.
Three Kings were cutting through the Bays defence almost at will and denied further goals by some awful finishing. When Bays did get over halfway, they were quickly blocked. The half time break was welcomed.
A defensive change saw Herve Kadiya introduced but Three Kings continued their domination. John White cleared off the line, Carr blocked a break by Allan Pearce, but was helpless a minute later when another Three Kings break left Kazutaka Otsu unmarked in front of goal and he shot past Carr to make it 3-0.
Five minutes later it was 4-0 when Cam Philpot scored from an acute angle.
Down by four goals, Bays decided it was time to play. Judd Baker forced a save from the keeper,
Stansfield had a corner kick punched clear, then from a Joe Bresnahan free kick, Lee Robinson scored from an acute angle.
Bays then had a turn at dominating, forcing a series of corners. Stansfield had a shot cleared off the line but time was running out.
White made a break only to be dumped in the penalty box and Bays had their first penalty of the season. Stansfied made no mistake from the spot and the scoreboard was looking a little better.
Kadiya made a break only to be ruled offside by the assistant referee, who must have been looking into the sun as it was the worst of many poor decisions made by this person.
Time ran out and Bays misery was over.
Team: Carr, Bresnahan, Robinson, Kolston, White, Damon (Kadiya 46), McKeown, McMinn (Peat 78), Baker, Stansfield, Mobberley (Anderson 57)
Goals: Robinson 65, Stansfield pen 86