High five for Melville women

Melville Premier Women remain the only team with a perfect record in Waikato Women’s A Division after beating Northern United Fiasco 5-0.

They sit second in the table, one point behind Tokoroa, but with a game in hand.

Melville’s victory over Northern was secured in the first 20 minutes.

The game started off with a hiss and a roar with captain Clare MacKintosh firing off a shot from the top of the box in the second minute.  However this goal can be credited as much to the keeper, who seemed to think hands weren’t necessary while in goal as she tried to kick the shot wide and only managed to deflect into the bottom corner. 

In the eighth minute Clare was released down the line after linking well with Isla Allen, and she crossed for youngster Bailey Guildford who steadied the bobble before smashing home over the keeper.  

A brief defensive lapse allowed the opposition through one-on-one, but keeper Brittany King pulled off a fantastic double save to send the ball over the cross bar. 

This seemed to strengthen the attacks intensity as moments later it was Bailey returning the favour after being released down the right.  A trademark chop and cross found the feet of MacKintosh, whose shot was saved. Emma Sizer was quick onto the lose ball though and drove home from just inside the box.  

The girls rounded off the strong start when left wing back Isla Allen got well forward to cross for Kendal Gaby-Sutherland (above) to score her first goal of the campaign. 

Suddenly 4-0 down after 20 minutes played, Northern decided they had better front up. 

A high defensive line and deep midfield meant balls played through were few and far between and the odd one that found its way through was soon meet with the offside whistle.  The first half was marred however after 30 minutes when young center back Dion Henley was involved in 4 player tussle in our own box causing her to heavily sprain her left ankle.  The impact will sideline her for a 3-4 weeks.  

The second half settled into a training run as the ball spent the majority of the time in the Northern half with the opposition happy to sit in and try and reduce the attacking threat.  A well finished chance from Shannen Perry with 10 to go gave everyone a sense of relief late on, but for the most part a free flowing game was hard to find.  Not a bad result though for the second game in two days.  

Coach Laichyn Parkinson was happy for the win and clean sheet but said there was more to work on in the coming weeks. 

TDO Player of the Day went to King whose crucial first half save and communication with her defence helped greatly in keeping the goal against column on 0. 

New Delhi Manager’s Player of the Day went to Hannah Buesnel who was lively in the first half carrying the ball out of defence, then was solid in the second half transitioning play from midfield.  

On Sunday Melville are at home to Wanderers at 1pm.

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