East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Despite the bad weather that cancelled all but two games on this side of the bridge, Metro"s Albie Turner Field was in surprisingly good condition for the last 16 clash. Metro attacked from the whistle and came close to opening the scoring in the first minute only to be denied by desperate Bays defending. Metro coach, Mickey Byrne had rushed new signing, Scott Bishop, into his team despite the keeper not having played a serious game for almost two years and was to suffer the consequences in the tenth minute. A Jeff Campbell free kick deceived Bishop and the ball ended up in the back of the net. The score doubled two minutes later when Bishop and his defence were found wanting, failed to clear the ball and Dan Peat pounced, adding to his tally. Peat had a further chance, ten minutes later but Bishop blocked his shot. It was even until the last few minutes of the half. Chris Bale had made a good run but blasted high over the bar. From the goal kick, Bays moved the ball wide down the right, it was crossed and George Suri got there just ahead of Bishop to sweep the ball into the net and give Bays a 3-0 half time lead. The second half saw both sides testing the defensive capabilities of the other. Aidan Gwilt made several good saves in trying conditions, while Bishop started to show the form that made him a great keeper. With five minutes remaining, a defence splitting pass from Suri sent Peat away down the right. Beating his defender, he crossed the ball for Joe Bresnahan to smack the ball past a stranded keeper. A stoppage time save by Gwilt kept a clean sheet and Bays were into the Quarter Finals and finally, a home tie against Waitakere City. A superb team performance, assisted by a huge supporting contingent who came out in filthy weather to give the players their support which was appreciated and acknowledged at the aftermatch.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Edginton, Zoghby, Kenyon (Estrin 82), Webster, Campbell, Bresnahan, Suri (Kubicki 87), Peat (McKeown 90).
Scorers: Campbell 10, Peat 12, Suri 45+, Bresnahan 85