Melville at home to Suburbs in the Cup

Melville United have been drawn at home to 2015 winners Eastern Suburbs in the second round of the 2017 Chatham Cup on Queen’s Birthday, Monday June 5, 2pm at Gower Park.

Melville co-coach Michael Mayne welcomed the fixture as “an exciting tie” against premier league opposition.

“It’s good to have another tough fixture that will keep us in our toes, and better than a walk-over draw,” Mayne said. “It keeps everyone honest.”

Suburbs had a bye into the second round. In the premier league they sit 10th of 12, having won three of 10 matches this season.

When Suburbs last visited in 2016 it was a 1-1 draw. In the 2015 season that they won the northern league and Chatham Cup, Melville inflicted their first loss in 21 matches with a 2-1 victory at Gower Park.

Melville last played Suburbs in the cup at Gower Park in 2012, when a second half George Slefendorfas goal gave the visitors a 1-0 win in a generally dire match.

In a 2007 third round match at Gower, Melville squandered a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2.

Suburbs have won the cup six times and made the final on three other occasions.

Melville United made the final in 2003, while its co-founding club, Waikato United, won the cup in 1988 and was losing finalist in 1992.

# Melville are at home to fourth-placed Manukau City, coached by Kevin Fallon, at 2.45pm on Saturday.

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