Weekend Wrap: Cosgrave signs off with a goal
Club stalwart Mike Cosgrave (above) signed off from life at Gower Park for a couple of years at least, with a critical goal as Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) beat Te Aroha 2-1 to remain top of Waikato A Division.
The match was billed as “The Mike Cosgrave Testimonial” ahead of the former first-teamer’s two-year jaunt to Europe “to find himself” after too many stultifying years trapped as a Hamilton-based accountant.
And, as is so often the case, Cos came to the party with an important first half goal, along with team mate Jono Ball.
But for once there was not the usual power play from the runaway league leaders to follow.
“We were crap in the second half,” admitted Nob head Raj Naidu, who was otherwise proud of his team. “We did just enough to see Mike off in style.”
The Nobs face a top of the table clash away to Eastern City on Saturday in the new PC (Post Cosgrave) era.
Melville Feds had their best win of the season – 6-0 at home against hapless Papamoa.
Papamoa were all at sea as Dylan Blair emerged as the star of the show, scoring four to start threatening Marc “Hitman” Evans for the club golden boot. Conor Crowe and Hashim Noorzai also scored as Melville eased into the top half of the table.
Melville Genuine Old Boys (Gobs) beat B Division league leaders Claudelands Rovers 2-0 away with two goals from Robbie Orchard to sit third on the table.
Melville Young Guns have shot two points off the pace in the C Division after a 3-1 loss to Northern United.
Melville Ds won 2-1 over Northern to to stay top of their league, with goals from Mitch Eason and Taylor Clement.
In women’s football Melville Premiers and Melville Development sit in second and third place respectively on the table, both on 15 points, after good wins.
Melville Premier women came from behind to beat Waikato Unicol 4-1.
After conceding an early goal, Kelsie MacKintosh drew Melville level before half time, from a Konagh Garrett cross.
Skipper Nat Mora wasn’t feeling well, but it was Unicol who foud they had the headache in the second spell as she chimed in with her signature party piece – a header from a corner – which really lifted the team. Garrett broke through the middle to score another, and MacKintosh added her second with 10 minutes to go.
Coach Laichyn Parkinson was happy with the win and described it as a “gritty” match.
With Jackie Pretswell and Clare MacKintosh out and Monique Corkill injured, other players had to step up and Parkinson was pleased with the efforts of young fullbacks Isla Allen and Dion Henley
The Dinsdale Office Player of the Day Steph Murray was tidy at centre back then centre midfield in the second half, while Jess MacKintosh was players’ player.
Despite a painfully slow start, the Melville Women’s Development team secured a 6-1 win against Northern United at Discovery Park.
Northern United took hold of the first 20 minutes and Melville keeper Emma Clarke was busy early, but handled the shots comfortably.
Melville’s defence, comprised of Antonia and Selena Timings, Jessie Begbie-Hall, and Sharleen Murray, fought relentlessly for possession and were integral in getting the ball to ground so the Melville attackers could be more involved in the game.
Once Melville regained their composure, the game turned tide. Midfielders, Nat Hallett and Tanya Mete, focused on delivering to the wings, where Johnelle Werata and Erica Teare consistently paced the Northern defence. Werata was the first to get on the scorecard, with a screaming cross that hit the back of the net, far post.
Striker Summer Gunn locked in the second goal before half time following a one-on-one with the Northern keeper.
After a frank half-time pep talk from coach, Lance Vervoort, Melville Women returned to the field with a more assertive, winning mindset.
Brig Ravera, having only the day before competed in the 2017 Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge, dominated in the midfield, along with experienced striker, Sarah Mete, who was a constant threat to the Northern defence and provided strategic through-balls for the Melville attackers.
After taking several crosses, Melville midfielder, Nat Hallett, scored off her own high corner ball.
A Northern goal was enough to reignite Melville’s attention, and it was only a matter of time before Gunn and Werata scored another goal apiece. With only 10 minutes left, Jana Furlan showed true composure in a one-on-one with the keeper and scored the sixth goal, bottom left-corner.
For the second time Begbie-Hall was voted Player’s Player of the Day, and was also the Coaches Player of the Day for her fierce defence and focus on maintaining possession.
Melville Epics were beaten 3-2 at home by Te Aroha – but in a surprise midweek development were awarded the pojnts through the fielding of an ineligible player.
Melville trailed 3-0 in the first 20 minutes.
“Three bad goals – we were having a siesta,” said coach Andrea Timings.
But Melville bounced back with goals to Erin Kennehan and Bailey Guilford.