East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
Playing against a ten man defence is never easy and it took Bays a while to unlock it. A superb strike in the 24th minute by Daniel Morgan-Howell finally breached the Shore defence and six minutes later the same player placed a free kick on the head of an unmarked Nick Hyde who guided the ball into the top of the net to give Bays a two goal lead at the break.
The first half was frustrating. Shore took the early initiative and former Bays player, Jamie Allen, gave the defence a scare in the first minute before shooting wide. From then on the pressure was all on the home side who did a good job of getting bodies behind the ball and coupled with many goal line clearances denied Bays time and time again.
Shore were relying on the odd breakaway to put pressure on Bays with old warhorse, Mark Elrick, playing the lone striker although he no longer had the pace to outrun the defence. However he still knows how to strike a dead ball and kept goalie Aidan Gwilt on his toes with a couple of free kicks.
The was a scrappy start to the second half a well. With their regular keeper sidelined with suspension, Shore had drafted in their Over 35 custodian who proved to be difficult to bypass, saving at the feet of Jack Beguely as well as denying Shaun Van Rooyen and Morgan-Howell with some good saves. Some wayward finishing by the Bays strikers didn't help.
Bays supporters though the third goal had come just past the hour when the ball appeared to be bundled into the net, the referee looked at his assistant who was in good position to adjudicate, he remained motionless and play was allowed to continue.
Morgan-Howell slammed a screamer against the corner of the upright and crossbar that has everyone beaten before Dan Peat made it 3-0. A corner was taken and cleared, the ball found Peat who smashed it into the top corner of the net from 30 metres. This opened the floodgates with Hyde claiming his second goal two minutes later with a delightful chip into the top of the net. Five minutes later Jason McKeown latched on to a through ball bypassing the defence and tucking the ball away.
Coach Willy Gerdsen brought on two of the younger players and they made an immediate impression. In his first ever game for the Premiers, Jonathon Crezee-Tetteroo missed a sitter from a McKeown cross, then redeemed himself by setting up Tom Davis for his first Premier goal.
Its hard to be critical after a 6-0 win, but the conversion rate of the number of chances created is lo and could be costly against a better side.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Edginton, Suri, Zoghby, Webster, Van Rooyen, Hyde, Beguely (McKeown 65), Peat (Davis 79), Morgan-Howell (Crezee-Tetteroo 84)
Scorers: Morgan-Howell 24, Hyde 30, 74, Peat 72, McKeown 79, Davis 88