East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A niggly game with far too much whistle, saw East Coast Bays consolidate their lead in the Premiership with a 1-0 win over fellow contenders Glenfield Rovers.
Not a performance to keep the crowd in raptures, there were eight yellow cards issued and there could have been a couple of reds. But it wasn’t a dirty game. Players in both teams know each other well, with many having played together through the grades and in rep team football and there is a healthy rivalry with bragging rights at stake.
Bays mounted the first attack in the opening minute and Glenfield keeper Jacob Spoonley was forced to make a good save from Leigh Kenyon. The next fifteen minutes saw an open game of attack and counter before the fist yellow card was issued for a bad challenge.
The loss of Ryan Zoghby with a cut above the eye after 27 minutes necessitated a change in defensive strategy for Bays with Nick Hyde entering the fray.
Mike Gwyther of Glenfield and Shaun Van Rooyen of Bays both put chances over the bar and Spoonley was out smartly to save a Dan Morgan-Howell cross before Bays took the lead when Spoonley brought down Dan Peat in the box. Morgan-Howell sent Spoonley the wrong way from the spot.
It was tight for the rest of the half with a further five cards being issued. Bays were denied a second goal close to the whistle after Peat beat Spoonley only for Sam Bailey to sprint back and clear off the line.
Bays again stated off strongly and it took a world class save by Spoonley to deny Joses Nawo just three minutes after the break. From then on the game degenerated into a stop start affair punctuated by numerous free kicks to both teams and the final whistle came as a relief.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Zoghby (Hyde 27), Suri, Beguely, Van Rooyen, Kenyon, Bresnahan, Nawo (Webster 80), Peat, Morgan-Howell
Scorers: Morgan-Howell pen 35