A little bit of Jama magic
For about 75 minutes, it looked as if Melville United were going to surrender crucial points in the league. Mount Albert Ponsonby to their credit were holding their line well and shutting out the in-form Marc Evans.
However, with 15 minutes to go Jama Boss produced the piece of magic that the game needed, chipping the keeper and putting Melville back in control.
With the wet weather closing in on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Melville knew they would need a win to keep in touch with the league leaders.
Games have been going two ways for the team so far this season, run rampant with a high score line or play close encounters in which points seem to fall from within their grasp.
This week it was the latter, except the team held out to secure the three points.
Evans, the current top goal scorer of the league was looking to add to his tally, however the 11 man defence of Mount Albert was controlling him well.
The visitors looked to have come in with the game plan of sit back and play on the break, rarely did they find time to counter and when they did the Melville defence dealt with them well.
The first half produced little in terms of results, the reds were playing the ball around in the middle of the park well, yet were struggling to find the end product.
The start of the second half saw the introduction of Steven Holloway for some added experience up front, with the team getting ready to throw the kitchen sink at the Mount Albert defence.
It was not until the last quarter of the game and Boss’s goal did the game really open up, the chip from Boss becoming the catalyst for both teams to roar into life.
Boss was involved in the next best move of the game as well, he and Bailey Webster combining well down one of the flanks with the attack only just cleared away by Mount Albert.
Captain Aaron Scott also found himself with a chance on goal, a looped effort from just outside the box was well saved as the final whistle grew closer.
Mount Albert managed several chances towards the end to grab a point, however Max Tommy and his back line held out to secure a vital three points in one of the more close encounters of the season for the team.