Melville win 4-3 thriller against Central

Schoolboy Jake Mechell and Jordan “The Tractor” MacCarter were the stars as super Melville came from behind to beat Central United 4-3 at Gower Park and record their second successive northern premier league win.

Melville fell behind to a sixth minute goal from Central’s Reid Drake in a dire first half, in which you would have seen more movement from some of Hamilton’s statues than the stationary players in red. Midfield in particular was an energy-free zone, as Central hogged possession and Melville stood and watched.

But a half time rev from grumpy coach Steve Williams ignited a more impassioned second spell, and 17-year-old Mechell struck twice early.

With his first he pivoted near the edge of the area, collected a loose ball and leathered a left foot shot into the net. Minutes later he got on the end of an expert cross from Marc Evans to give Melville the lead with his right foot.

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Evans about to cross for Mechell’s second goal

From two starts and two appearances as sub, Mechell now has three goals. So it’s worth followers learning how to say his name correctly, seeing he is fast becoming a star. It is pronounced “Michelle”, as in the Beatles tune.

Central struck back through Mario Ilich, but then Jordan The Tractor started furrowing some nince lines up front. Tewi Te Pou – in his last outing for Melville before heading to Perth – slipped a delicate pass to Mechell who crossed from the right for Tractor to hit it first time at the near post.

Ilich responded by potting a free kick from just outside the area to make it 3-3, but The Tractor had the last say in stoppage time when he broke down the right, cut in and placed a perfect shot into the corner of the Central net.

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Melville celebrate the winner

Steve Williams singled out Mechell, Marc Evans, Aaron Scott and Lachie McIsaac for praise in his aftermatch speech. Of the athletic, powerfully built Mechell, he said: “He is a natural, classic No 9. He can go as far as he wants in the New Zealand environment.”

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Jordan The Tractor MacCarter and Jake Mechell

He also acknowledged the departure of Te Pou – though warned him he would not be eligible for ACC or a benefit in Perth, and hoped it turned out really badly so he could return soon to Melville.

Meanwhile Melville Reserves won 1-0 thanks to a Mike Cosgrave goal.

Melville are away to Eastern Suburbs on Saturday, then at home to Wanderers Sports Club on Wednesday May 11 at 3pm.

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