Melville eye semi – and Semmy

Melville have been drawn away to northern league division one club Bay Olympic in the semifinals of the Chatham Cup, to be played on the weekend of August 24-25.

Onehunga Sports are away to Napier in the other semi.

Bay Olympic are fifth in their first division but with games in hand which could take them to the top of the league.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson welcomed the draw – but also had a warning for his players ahead of a very important midweek northern premier league match on Wednesday, 3.15pm at Porritt Stadium, against rivals Wanderers Sports Club.

“Yes, we’re happy with the draw, but for the next 24 hours the only semi I want Melville to be thinking about is (Wanderers striker) Tommy Semmy,” Wilkinson said.

When the clubs met earlier this season Semmy scored a stoppage time winner to sink Melville.

“Let’s deal with Wanderers first, then think about the Cup.

“We would have welcomed playing anyone at home in the cup, but if we have to have an away tie, Bay Olympic will do nicely.”

For co-coach Michael Mayne the draw against Bay Olympic will bring back vivid memories.

Mayne was a key member of the 2011 Bay Olympic team which was beaten 1-0 in the semifinals of the Chatham Cup by a visiting Wairarapa team they were expected to eliminate.

“The cup has its own romance, but with that also comes its own forms of pressure and it is surprising how often the wrong team wins,” Mayne said. “Melville are desperate to be on the right side of history this season, but Sam is correct, we need to first concentrate on getting it right with Wanderers, and then a home game against Waitakere City on Saturday.”

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