The wrap: Cree scores 3, women on fire

Creative Cree came to the rescue as Mighty Melville Bs went a point clear at the top of Waikato B Division.

“Cree” might sound like a mutant cyborg villain from Doctor Who (“Doctor, we’ve disabled the Daleks, but now the Cree are threatening!) but he is now a Gower Park legend in the making after his hat trick ensured a 4-2 win over Wanderers Classics. (See picture above of Cree holding the match ball following his hat trick.)

“Cree Who?” they asked in the clubrooms.

C’mon guys, as if you need a second name when Cree is your first. Think Neymar or Pele. It’s a one-handle job.

Cree opened the scoring with a well placed strike that left the keeper wondering where the ball was, before a roller-coaster match ensued.

An early substitution saw Fergus Jones take the field and in a race to a ball from an overhead pass he collided with the Wanderers keeper. It resulted in him scoring his first goal for the club, but he also sustained a potential rotator cuff injury and faces an MRI this week.

The mighty Cree scored his second before half time but Wanderers grafted back to 3-2, with the Bs looking shaky. However with some great late attacking play Cree not only made the game safe but completed his hat trick, much to the relief of coach Arran Clement-Hansen, who has a title in his sights.

Also doing the bizzo at home in fine style against Wanderers was Melville Women’s Premier.

When you see the blue kit of Wanderers taking the field there is something that boils up in a Melville player that screams “derby”. 

But Melville Premier Women’s game against a young Wanderers outfit was less of a derby and more of a mauling, as they stormed to a 13-0 win. 

From the first whistle Melville were on top creating the width and knocking the ball around nicely to open up the opposition.  

New recruits Emma and Jessica Sizer wanted the win more than others having come from across the river and it was in the 7th minute when a cross in from the left found Shannen Perry who laid the ball back nicely for a first time strike from Sizer J. to rocket into the goal via the right hand upright. 

The game had barely settled again after the opener when a gap big enough for the Titanic to get through opened up in the middle of the defense and Emma released her sister through to score her second in as many minutes.  Perry got a fortunate one of her own moments later when the defence backed off and the keeper fumbled a long shot into the net.  

Melville then went about there work nicely with simple two-touch football.  It was only a matter of time before striking partners Clare MacKintosh and Bailey Guilford got on the scoresheet and when a well placed cross from Isla Allen came in from the left MacKintosh smashed home to grab her first. 

Allen then linked up well with Sizer E. down the left before a bullet of a cross found Guilford, who smashed home from inside the 6 yard box.

Guildford rounded a defender and finished nicely past the keeper for her second.  Debutant Georgia Hinds-Haye, who was stepping up from the Development side, was rewarded with her work up and down the right hand flank when she was found free at back post after another Sizer E. cross, and her chipped shot over the keeper finished off the half nicely.

It took Guilford four minutes into the second half to reach her hat-trick, having been found by Clare MacKintosh after nicely placed through ball. 

Almost from the kick off Sizer E. was rewarded with a goal for her strong display in the middle of the park.

Pressure off the kick off again meant the ball was released well down the right where Johnelle Wereata was having a strong second half.  Her “cross” drifted goal wards drifting over the keepers head and into the goal from well out wide. 

Clare MacKintosh grabbed her second and moments later finished off her hat-trick moments later with a header.

The opposition threw caution to the wind and bombed forward but good organisational skills between the back three of Jessica Mackintosh, Kendal Gaby-Sutherland and Hannah Buesnel meant premier debutant Selena Timings was left picking up through balls. 

Jessica MacKintosh: Defensive kingpin

The game found one last goal in the dying stages when Guilford muscled off a defender and squared for Perry who took her time and finished nicely in the bottom right to complete the rout.  

Coach Laichyn Parkinson described it as an all-round strong performance.

Natasha Murrihy-Paulussen got through a mountain of defensive work while Ali Galletly performed her usual utility role despite illness to help create chances in the opening 30 before re appearing to see out the game in a wide role. 

TDO player of the day went to Guilford for her quick fire hat-trick and pressure on the opposition backline, while New Delhi managers player of the day went to Jessica MacKintosh who was key to keeping the clean sheet.  

The Prems are away in Tokoroa on Sunday for a top of the table clash. 

Meanwhile a Melville women’s team lost for the first time when the Epics went down 1-3 to Te Awamutu under lights on Friday night

In men’s football Melville Nobs continue to struggle for wins in defending their 2017 Waikato A Division title. They came from behind to draw 1-1 with Te Aroha on Gower 5, thanks to a crisp second-half Kieran Frewan goal.

Steven Holloway returned to action after an 8-month injury layoff, reinventing himself as a right back. It was the most economical fullback performance seen in Melville colours since the days of Jared “Spoon” Benwell.

On another day skipper Gav Douglas would have sealed the game with a second half header. But there is a cruel dialectic at work with the Nobs this season. Those who can play, can’t run. Those that can run, can’t play.

However the real talking point was the impressive form of goalkeeper Tony “Tinky Winky” Govorko, who pulled of a series of stunning saves.

It means there is now surely no way back between the sticks for Neil Mouncher, who has recently stepped aside from his police career to concentrate on improving his goalkeeping, painting and rebuilding his inter-personal relationships.

Melville Gobs (Genuine Old Boys) continued their dire form with a 4-2 loss to Northern United. Goals came from Rob Orchard and Lance Bauerfiend, but the Gobs are rubbish this year, second from bottom, and coach Stu Timings may require a vote of confidence from the chairman.

Melville B52s beat Putaruru 5-2 to be just three points behind leaders Mighty Melville Bs.

Melville Ds lost 0-3 to Waikato Unicol Black to be eighth on the table.

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