Melville welcome a tough Chatham Cup tie

Melville coaches have welcomed a seemingly difficult fourth round Chatham Cup tie at home to cup holders Onehunga Sports.

Onehunga knocked Melville out of the cup at the same stage last year, winning 1-0, and went on to lift the Chatham Cup. They are currently second in the northern premier league.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson said a home tie against top premier league opposition, while challenging, would also bring a number of positives.

“We know that Onehunga will come to Gower Park in a positive frame of mind and look to attack, whereas a lot of teams this season have come and sat in and sought to frustrate Melville,” Wilkinson said.

“So it should be a good open game, while it will be healthy for Melville to be entering a contest as underdogs for a change after leading the league all season.

“And with Onehunga we have a pretty good idea of what we will be up against, so in many ways it’s a very good draw for us.”

Because of New Zealand Football hosting charges associated with the cup from the fourth round onwards, there will either be a gate charge or matchday collection at the game.

The game is scheduled for Saturday July 14, 2pm, at Gower Park.

In 2014 Melville also lost 2-1 to Onehunga in the quarterfinals of the Chatham Cup.

Chatham Cup 4th round draw (July 14-15):

Melville United v Onehunga Sports

Manukau United v Mt Albert Ponsonby

Central United v East Coast Bays

Birkenhead United v Western Springs

North Wellington v Western Suburbs

Wairarapa United v Stop Out

Cashmere Technical v Roslyn Wakari

Nelson Suburbs v Green Island

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