East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
For the first time ever, East Coast Bays have reached the semi-finals of the Chatham Cup after destroying Waitakere City before a large and vocal crowd of supporters. Bays attacked from the first whistle and had a chance after two minutes when the Waitakere keeper lost possession on the edge of his area. Jeff Campbell lobbed the ball goalwards but it rolled just past the upright of an empty net. Ten minutes later a Campbell free kick eluded both attackers and defenders to slide just wide. Bays were dominating and George Suri had his shot saved by a busy keeper. The first goal came in the 23rd minute when a defence-splitting pass from Leigh Kenyon and the pace of Peat found the latter honing in on goal and he placed his shot wide of he keeper into the far corner of he net. Four minutes later the score was doubled as Jason McKeown received a pass on the left side, beat his man and crossed. Campbell was waiting and drove the ball low and hard into the corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. Aidan Gwilt was called into action for the first time to save a header from a Waitakere free kick then Suri broke through the defence for a one on one with the keeper but was mortified to see his shot saved. Waitakere"s cause wasn"t helped just after the half hour when Stuart Hogg received his second yellow card for a studs up tackle and was sent off. Bays had a couple of chances before the break but good goalkeeping and wayward shooting kept the scoreboard the same. The second half got off to a hectic start with Waitakere very close to scoring in the first minute, the ball missing the goal by centimetres. This scare woke Bays up and they increased their lead six minutes into the half. Another Kenyon pass to Peat found him clear of the defence. He ran in and shot low and hard but the keeper made a good stop but unfortunately couldn"t hold the shot and Jack Beguely was following up and put the rebound away. Bays were now rampant and just on the hour it became 4-0 when the Waitakere defence were overwhelmed and Joe Bresnahan smashed the loose ball into the net. It should have been 5-0 minutes later when Suri somehow managed to miss an absolute sitter right in front of an open goal and then Bays won a penalty when Kenyon was brought down in the box. Peat has been deadly from the spot this season. He tried to place his shot but Arran Rowley anticipated correctly and made the save. The assistant ruled he had moved early and the kick was retaken. In attempting to put it wide of the keeper, Peat put it wide of the upright. It got worse for Waitakere when, in a fit of madness, Ash Solly kicked the ball at a Bays player after conceding a free kick and was carded for the second time reducing the visitors to nine players. This proved costly as Waitakere conceded again two minutes later. Another Peat run saw his shot blocked but Beguely was on hand again to score from the rebound. Five minutes later it was 6-0 as Suri got his head to a Glen Forrest cross. The final minutes were all Bays and Arek Kubicki (twice) and Campbell were denied as Bays advance to the semi-finals for the first time ever in front of a rapturous crowd. A superb team display with everyone producing an outstanding contribution.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Hyde, Edginton, Zoghby, Kenyon, Bresnahan, Campbell, Suri (Kubicki 78), Peat (Estrin 84), McKeown (Beguely 47)
Scorers: Peat 23, Campbell 27, Beguely 51,72, Bresnahan 60, Suri 77