Melville welcome a tough Chatham Cup tie
Melville coaches have welcomed a seemingly difficult fourth round Chatham Cup tie at home to cup holders Onehunga Sports.
Onehunga knocked Melville out of the cup at the same stage last year, winning 1-0, and went on to lift the Chatham Cup. They are currently second in the northern premier league.
Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson said a home tie against top premier league opposition, while challenging, would also bring a number of positives.
“We know that Onehunga will come to Gower Park in a positive frame of mind and look to attack, whereas a lot of teams this season have come and sat in and sought to frustrate Melville,” Wilkinson said.
“So it should be a good open game, while it will be healthy for Melville to be entering a contest as underdogs for a change after leading the league all season.
“And with Onehunga we have a pretty good idea of what we will be up against, so in many ways it’s a very good draw for us.”
Because of New Zealand Football hosting charges associated with the cup from the fourth round onwards, there will either be a gate charge or matchday collection at the game.
The game is scheduled for Saturday July 14, 2pm, at Gower Park.
In 2014 Melville also lost 2-1 to Onehunga in the quarterfinals of the Chatham Cup.
Chatham Cup 4th round draw (July 14-15):
Melville United v Onehunga Sports
Manukau United v Mt Albert Ponsonby
Central United v East Coast Bays
Birkenhead United v Western Springs
North Wellington v Western Suburbs
Wairarapa United v Stop Out
Cashmere Technical v Roslyn Wakari
Nelson Suburbs v Green Island