Melville women looking good

Melville Premier Women face a tricky away match against Whakatane Town on Sunday buoyed by a 4-2 home win over Otumoetai – and major sponsorship from Triclad which has allowed the purchase of a new team strip this season.

Triclad specialise in plywood cladding, with their timbers grown from sustainable and managed plantation pine forests in New Zealand. They have featured in multiple show homes and are highly sought after in the current market.

Melville’s win against Otumoetai moved them into the middle of the table but they had to come from behind to clinch victory.

Melville conceded a goal against the run of play then struggled to recover until Shelly Brandt and Ali Galletly combined on the edge of the box for Galletly to slot past the keeper into the bottom left.

The half time message was to lift the intensity and accuracy of play, but Melville then conceded a couple of minutes into the second spell.

Substitutes made a big difference with Anja Kuys appearing from the bench in her last game before heading back to the USA, while the introduction of 15-year-old academy talent Ella McMillan in the last 20 minutes fired the team into overdrive.

McMillan assisted a goal from Jess Sizer to before Sizer assisted Kuys two minutes later.

Then in stoppage time Sizer squared the ball to Katie Marshall to score from outside the box.

Player of the day was shared between Galletly – who kept the midfield ticking and directed the comeback – and 16-year-old Tonianne Sizer who kept the back three together when under pressure in the first half then kept former Melville forward Nat Hallett quiet in the second half.

Special mentions also to Selena Timings who pulled off some strong saves and helped organise the backline and McMillan, who showed plenty of promise in her 20 minutes.

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