Mechell stars in draw – video added
Melville 17-year-old Jake Machine – also known as Jake Mechell in some quarters – scored two and set up a third goal against Bay Olympic.
But frustratingly it was not enough to secure more than a 3-3 draw at home in the northern premier league.
Ultimately it was an opportunity lost to secure an important win, given Melville had led 3-1 10 minutes into the second half, though Bay Olympic had been given more chances than John Key and will feel they too should have won.
Machine gave Melville a dream start when he slammed home after Ryan “Ddraig Goch” Taylor scorched past the defence on the left and crossed perfectly in the sixth minute.
Bay Olympic levelled with a speculative curling shot from Stephen Ashby-Peckham nine minutes later, but Melville snatched two further goals just after half time.
Jordan “The Tractor” MacCarter made a jinking run into the penalty area, where Mechell took over and sweetly finished for his eighth goal of the season from nine league starts and two sub appearances. Then four minutes later Mechell crossed a peach of a ball from the right to find Marc “Hitman” Evans at the far post.
Evans was unmarked but still had a bit to do given the angle, and nutted home across goal very precisely.
“I don’t score many with me ‘ead,” Evans said, Trevor Brooking-fashion.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves underlined their class when they tanked Bay Olympic’s dirt trackers 11-0 to remain top of the northern premier reserve league.
Josh Nooijen scored five for Melville – if you count the own goals – while Mike Cosgrave bagged a first half hat trick.
Melville Feds remained second in the Federation league after a 5-1 home win over Tauranga Boys, Old Boys cruised to a 5-1 win over Claudelands Rovers and Melville A beat Wanderers 4-1.