Melville U19s run hot
Melville U19s warmed up for the Napier Labour Weekend Tournament with an entertaining 8-1 win over Cambridge U19s on Gower Park No 6.
The quality of the goals was such that the match deserved to be on Gower Park No 1, as a host of teenagers displayed immaculate technique in attacking spheres.
There were fine individual goals from Sean Leadley, Dylan Williams and Mesach Humby, nifty work on the wing from the diminutive Jomig Wenceslao and dominant performances from the likes of Noah Skipps, Josh Galletly, Campbell Brown and others.
But the stand-out performer was Jerson Lagos, who started the goalscoring glut with a fine flick header and capped it with a stunning angled bicycle kick goal (illustrated at top) from a decent distance.
Coach Harry Trethowan – running the team in conjunction with Luke Searle – treated the bicycle kick goal as if it was the most normal thing to be seen at Gower.
“Jerson’s been doing that every week at training so we kind of expected it,” he said. Jerson enjoyed the goal and it’s just a shame there was no video to show to his 80,000 followers on TikTok. But his team mates – possibly bored with such show-off finishes – barely bothered to celebrate.
Jerson found the net on a number of other occasions though several times had goals ruled out through rather unfortunate off-side calls.
Meanwhile Galletly showed fine technique to blast home a super volley early on in a match contested in three thirds.
Plans are for a match against Tauranga next weekend – details still to be finalised due to other commitments at Gower – and then a home match with Claudelands Rovers on Saturday October 16 at 12 noon.
This is shaping as one of the stronger Melville U19 squads, with seven players having made northern premier league debuts. Guest players to join the squad at Napier are Otorohanga goalscoring ace Tawhirimatea Ball, and Braeden Quilter-Phipps, a centreback from Petone who is looking to move to Hamilton.
Melville U19s for Napier Tournament: Joe Knowles, Lemuel Le Hane, Campbell Brown, Blake Wisnewski, Mesach Humby, Sean Leadley, Ryen Lawrence, Jerson Lagos, Dylan Williams, Jomig Wenceslao, Noah Skipps, Josh Galletly, Davis Vhavha, Jacob England, Conor Jamieson, Tawhirimatea Ball, Braeden Quilter-Phipps.
Coaches: Harry Trethowan, Luke Searle, Shane Knowles, Tony Govorko (GK).
Manager: Seamus Marten.
Physio: James Younger.
Technical Director and chief scout: Sam Wilkinson.