Melville tumble to another home loss

Melville slumped to a fourth successive home loss when beaten 2-1 by defending champs and long-time bogey team Onehunga Sports.

The northern league venue they under-perform at most is Gower Park.

It was another blow for Melville that leaves them 10th in the 12-team division – though with an away game against bottom-placed Waitakere City on Saturday.

It was the fifth time this season Melville have lost by a solitary goal. And Melville have not beaten Onehunga at Gower Park since 2009.

Melville battled but seldom managed any penetration in the attacking third. There was a despairing lack of incisiveness or inventiveness when the ball was played forward, and Melville never got in behind Waitakere.

Josh Davies scored a 96th minute header as a consolation following a corner.

But Onehunga had already made the game safe with a couple of stunners by then.

All White Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi thumped home a swerving volley from distance in the 73rd minute and Andrew Milne made it 2-0 with another sharp strike from an attack down the left in the 90th minute.

Both goals gave rookie goalkpeeper Jamie Searle no chance, and he was later named Melville’s player of the day.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson noted how narrow losses, and conceding late goals, had become all too common.

“That’s the way things are rolling for us,” he said. “The same pattern is emerging every week. We were lacking quality in the top third. We have to be more ruthless.”

Meanwhile Melville Reserves won 5-1 against Onehunga. Leslie (Legga) Kivolyn scored a hat trick, while Gabriel Jhang scored in the first half and Jerson Giraldo added one in injury time. Melville are fourth equal on the table.

Melville Nobs stayed top of Waikato Division 1 with a 2-1 away win over Te Aroha.

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