East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A double strike from Jason McKeown in the space of 90 seconds put Bays on the road to victory over a spirited Claudelands Rovers at Bays City Park.
Bays began their defence of the trophy on a bitterly cold afternoon with a strong southerly of which they had advantage in the first half. Within three minutes there was a loose ball bobbing around the Claudelands goal but no one was able to take advantage.
The next chance came in the twelfth minute when a great pass from George Suri found Daniel Morgan-Howell who took off down the left flank and crossed to McKeown who saw his strike cannon off he crossbar to Shaun Van Rooyen who put his shot wide.
Four minutes later a Phil Edginton header from a Ryley Webster cross was just over and another great Morgan-Howell run and cross saw a goal line clearance which again went to Van Rooyen who again put his shot wide.
Bays were dominating the wind- assisted half and a McKeown corner found the head of Edginton. His was on target but a well placed defender headed off the line.
Although dominating, Bays were being frustrated by the Claudelands defenders and supporters were beginning to wonder when a breakthrough could be achieved. Then in the 26th minute, a through ball found McKeown, who beat the defence and expertly chipped the onrushing keeper to open Bays' account.
From the kickoff, Bays won the ball which went again to McKeown who ran at the goal and placed his shot wide of the keeper to double Bays' advantage.
Instead of dropping their heads, Claudelands kept trying to take the game to Bays although they spent a lot of time defending. Van Rooyen had the mortification of seeing yet another shot cleared off the line, Peat shot over the bar, Webster was wide and Morgan-Howell wasted two chances as Bays created but couldn't finish. Half time score was 2-0.
The visitors had the wind advantage in the second half, but the Bays defence reduced them to long clearances which were easily mopped up. The home side continued to attack and increased their lead just on the hour, when Glen Forrest smacked home a 20 metre drive into the top of the net.
Claudelands continued to attack when they could while getting bodies behind the ball to frustrate the Bays strikers. Andrew James, Claudelands custodian, was in great form making numerous saves which deservedly won him the man of the match.
Goal number four arrived with ten minutes to go when new father, Nick Hyde, was put through and made no mistake placing his shot wide of the keeper. The last few minutes saw Bays on attack but poor shooting and great defending kept the scoreboard quiet.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Edginton, Suri, Zoghby, Bresnahan, Webster, Van Rooyen (Hyde 49), McKeown (Kubicki 83), Peat (Davis 73), Morgan-Howell
Scorers: McKeown 26,27, Forrest 60, Hyde 80