Melville notch 12th win on the trot
Melville have skipped an impressive 12 points clear at the top of the northern league first division after a hard-fought 2-0 home win over fourth-placed North Shore United.
Melville are now on a 12-match winning streak (including two cup matches) but this was one of their more satisfying victories, given a resilient Shore team gave them a tough examination, and even dominated periods of the match.
Jama Boss sealed the win with two second half goals, though in both cases the creative brilliance came from team mates.
Mark Jones did most of the leg work for the 58th minute opener, getting goalside of a defender on the right, cutting in, and setting up an easy finish for Boss.
Then in the 85th minute substitute Federico Marquez played a delightful through ball with Boss got to ahead of the Shore keeper to roll into an empty net for a margin of comfort.
Earlier player of the day Jones hit the post with a free kick while Shore had an equaliser ruled out for offside.
Co-coach Sam Wilkinson said it was the sort of match where Melville would have dropped points last season.
“But this year we always seem to find a way to get the job done,” he said.
Melville are at home to Hibiscus Coast in the third round of the Chatham Cup on Saturday, 2pm.
Melville Reserves lost 2-1 to North Shore, with goalkeeper Jamie Searle sent off in the final minute, an event which forced the first team to add weatherbeaten veteran Neil Mouncher to the bench for the main match.
Meanwhile Melville Feds beat Otumoetai 2-1 with goals from Josh Nooijens and Harry Coulson to be just two points off the pace in the Federation League. Nooijens was player of the day for Melville.