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Melville U19s beaten in semis at Napier - 2014-10-26


Melville United have bowed out in the semifinals of the Napier Tournament (satellite) after losing 1-2 to Island Bay (Wellington).

Melville led early through Jake Bayliss, but Island Bay stuck two goals late in the match.

Keeper Ryan Watson saved a penalty to keep Melville ahead 1-0 at half time, but Bay made good use of the second half win, and struck the winner three minutes from time.

EARLIER:

Melville U19s have qualified for the semifinals of the Satellite draw at the Napier Tournament with a 5-2 win over Metro in their final group match.

Melville finished top of the group, unbeaten with 13 points.

Goals came from Luke Goodwin, Lachie McIsaac, Paul Clout and two from Liam Hayes.

Melville began the second day of the Napier Tournament with a 1-0 win over Victoria University, the only other unbeaten team in their group.

Matt Wheeler scored a header from a Liam Hayes free kick. Szymon Probowski was outstanding at the back for Melville, while Brad Rea impressed playing up front. 

SATURDAY: 

Melville United finished the opening day of the Napier U19 tournament with two wins and a draw in their group.

Melville made a winning start at the Napier U19 Tournament, with a grafting 1-0 victory over Havelock North, and then beat New Plymouth Boys' High 3-0 in the 12 noon match.

"They (Havelock) were bigger and stronger than us and it was an all-out battle," said coach Colin Rea of Melville's opener. "But at these tournaments any win is a win."

The vital goal came 10 minutes into the second half when Ahmad Zammit beat two players and crossed for Lachie McIsaac - playing at laft half - to scramble home what proved to be the winner.

Melville dominated against New Plymouth after Jake Bayliss opened the scoring with a screamer.

Bayliss, playing on the right of midfield, added a second and Zammit huslted and bustled his way through in collecting a Brad Rea through ball. New Plymouth had earlier beaten Metro.

In their final match of the day against Papakura, Melville dominated but were frustrated to be held to a 1-1 draw. Zammitt scored early but Papakura equalised before half time. Melville failed to convert a host of chances.

Two minutes from the end Zammitt was clattered in the box but no penalty was awarded. Zammitt was carried off.

Coach Colin Rea remains confident Melville can qualify for the Satellite semifinals on Sunday, with games against Victoria University and Metro tomorrow.

"If you'd told me at the start that we'd finish the first day with seven points and only having conceded one goal, I'd have taken it," he said.