Its the Max and Macs show
Super keeper Max “Two Pens” Tommy inspired Melville to a much-needed last-gasp 1-1 draw away to Eastern Suburbs in the northern premier league.
It was a repeat of the Wanderers finish in early April with Melville finding the character to again star in The Late Late Show as Lachie McIsaac slammed home a 96th minute equaliser.
The plot twist this time was that Tommy needed to save a penalty in each half to keep Melville in the contest and did so; blocking shots from first Jake Mechell and then Michael Built.
Then late in the gamer Tommy charged into the Suburbs penalty area to try and assist in finding a late goal.
It finally came after sustained Melville pressure in a heaving final five minutes. McIsaac thundered home a shot off the crossbar. The ball bounced out and super-sub Joel McMullan knocked it back in but the referee later ruled the ball had already crossed the line from McIsaac.
For Melville hero Tommy the performance was redemption after shipping nine goals a week earlier, something he said was “a freak result” and a “once-in-a-lifetime thing”.
Melville statistician Ron Positive believed it was the first time a Melville keeper had saved two distinct penalties (as opposed to saving the same penalty twice with a re-take ordered) in the same match.
Melville remain third in the premier league.
Melville are at home to league leaders Auckland City on Saturday, seeking to continue their unbeaten record against former summer league clubs.
Melville: Max Tommy, Raheem Hunter-Ali, Adam Luque (Liam Molloy), Aaron Scott, Campbell Brown, Quinton Kipara (Jerson Lagos), Logan Wisnewski, Liam Hayes, Lachie McIsaac, Moh Reynolds (Joel McMullan), Jama Boss.
An under-strength Melville Reserves lost 1-0 to Eastern suburbs, with Tony Govorko filling in in goal. Melville Nobs drew 1-1 with Matamata Swifts under lights on Friday.