Melville’s cup dream lives on

Super Melville have charged into the final 16 of the 2018 Chatham Cup with a 6-2 home win over a tenacious Hibiscus Coast team.

SEE ALSO Grigor Griffin’s match blog HERE.

It took Melville’s unbeaten run to 16 matches and was the fourth time this season they have scored six or more goals.

Their potential northern region opponents in the last 16 on July 14/15 include the likes of Central United, East Coast Bays, Manukau United, and Mt Albert Ponsonby, with the likes of Birkenhead, Onehunga and Western Springs playing Sunday ties.

Melville missed a heap of chances before Jordan Lamb gave them the lead in the 26th minute with a nice lob.

Hibiscus Coast struck back within seconds through sub Trent Mayes. However Lamb was again on target in the 33rd minute to ensure a 2-1 half time lead.

Hibs again came from behind to level through Mayes but Liam Hayes cracked in his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute to give Melville a lead they never surrendered.

Jama Boss (2) and Josh Davies added the extra goals as Melville dominated the final 20 minutes.

Boss’ two goals took his season tally to 17 in 15 matches.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson said it had been a tough match.

“It was just our finishing that was below par in the first half, and it kept Hibiscus Coast in the contest” he said. “But I always felt it would come eventually, and it did.”

Wilkinson praised the efforts of Lamb and Mark Jones but named Liam Hayes as his player of the day.

Meanwhile Melville Feds lost 4-1 at home to Tauranga Boys College, in their worst performance of the season. Tauranga Boys are back at Gower at 11am on Wednesday when they play Hamilton Boys High in a national tournament qualifier.

# Melville Nobs have moved to the top of the Waikato A Division after a 2-0 home win over Claudelands Cavaliers.

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