East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A stunning 78th minute Judd Baker strike was the highlight of a dour game played in bitterly cold, wet conditions at Bays City Park.
Points were important to both teams and Olympic keeper, Liam Anderson was first in action, saving at the feet of Baker in the first minute. A counter from the visitors saw Luke Jorgensen cross from the right but the Olympic strikers were unable to get on the end of it.
The remainder of the half was pretty hard going with neither side able to break the other down and any strikes on goal comfortably handled by the respective keepers.
Bays had the wind at their backs for the second half and had a great chance after ten minutes when a great cross from Lee Robinson found Andrew Mobberley, but an awful finish made sure the scoreboard stayed at zero.
Aidan Gwilt denied Chad Coombes just on the hour and Dylan Stansfield had the ball in the back of the net twelve minutes later, only to have it ruled out by an off side flag.
A 0-0 stalemate was looming until Baker received the ball some 25 metres out from goal and unleashed a left footed screamer into the top of the net giving Liam Anderson no chance.
Unfortunately for the spectators, this goal failed to lift the quality of the game, which continued as before.
It all unravelled for Olympic in the last five minutes of normal time. First Coombes received a straight red card for a bad challenge on Baker then less than a minute later, they were down to nine when Jack Anderson hauled back Mobberley and got his second yellow, effectively ending any possible Olympic comeback.
Another three points for Bays, lifting them further up the table.
Team: Gwilt, Barnett, Kolston, Robinson, White, Bresnahan, Damon, McKeown, Mobberley, Stansfield, Baker
Goal: Baker 78