East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Dylan Stansfield stole the show with a four goal second half haul as Bays came from two goals down to beat a tiring Tauranga City United, weakened by an early second half red card.
It started well for the visitors who went ahead in the eleventh minute when Colm Kenny got on the end of a free kick and placed his header wide of Aidan Gwilt.
Bays replied by forcing a series of corners but were unable to take advantage.
Just past the half hour it was 2-0 to Tauranga when Logan Crawford was first to the ball while the Bays defence dithered.
Once again, the final pass was letting Bays down as chances went begging. As the first half was drawing to a close, Bays won a corner. The ball was partly cleared and reached Andrew Mobberley on the edge of the penalty area. He struck the ball high into the to corner of the net giving keeper Tom Pamment no chance.
Things got worse for Tauranga, two minutes into the second half when Joshua Nelson was shown a straight red card for a foul on Joe Bresnahan.
Play continued back and forth with both Jordan Culpepper and Kenny being denied while Dan Peat couldn’t get enough on his strike to trouble the keeper.
Just past the hour Bays were level with one of the goals of the season. Stansfield was put through and as Pamment came out to narrow the angle, he volleyed past him into the far corner of the net.
Bays were now back in the game and Stansfield had a header saved while Judd Baker’s header was just wide following a corner.
Tauranga missed a good chance to take the lead as play moved into the final ten minutes, but having a man short was starting to take its toll and Bays were finding spaces to exploit.
With five minutes of normal time remaining, Stansfield, Baker and Mobberley combined to cut through the Tauranga defence and Stansfield finished the movement with his second goal.
Tauranga were now out on their feet as Bays surged forward time and time again. Peat should have scored but put his shot wide, but with a minute of normal time remaining, Stansfield had his hat trick, finishing off a good move involving his fellow strikers with a header past Pamment.
Into stoppage time, Baker had a shot saved, Tommy Damon had a strike turned over the bar, and with virtually the last kick of the game, Stansfield had his forth with a strike into the corner of the net.
A great come from behind effort, but there are still defensive problems to overcome.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett (McMinn 79), Kolston, Robinson, White, Damon, Bresnahan (Peat 58), McKeown, Mobberley, Stansfield, Baker
Goals: Mobberley 45, Stansfield 61, 85, 89, 94