Melville outclassed by Waitakere in semifinal

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 17:23 24/08/2013

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Melville United bowed to the class of Roy Krishna as his Waitakere City side won their Chatham Cup semifinal 4-1 at Gower Park today.

The Fijian international scored twice and was a decisive factor in the favourites making next month's final, where they will meet Cashmere Technical after the Christchurch side thumped Wellington Olympic 4-0 at home in the other semifinal.

Krishna put the Northern League Premier Division side ahead after 25 minutes in Hamilton and former Waikato United striker Rory Turner doubled that advantage from the penalty spot a minute before halftime.

Turner had crashed a volley into the hands of veteran Melville defender Gavin Douglas from close range and when Waitakere appealed for the spot-kick, assistant referee Ben Norman and ref Matt Conger agreed, much to Melville's dismay.

Welsh import Garmon Hafal brought Melville back into the contest with a neat finish seven minutes into the second half following a mistake from Turner, which brought about an intense spell of pressure from the hosts.

But Waitakere were always dangerous on the counter-attack and when Krishna broke free down the left with 11 minutes to go, Melville couldn't scramble back in time to stop substitute Meneuka Fakasega from bundling Krishna's square ball in from close range.

Two minutes later, Krishna provided a glorious finish to another breakaway to end the scoring.

Melville coach Steve Williams didn't use any of his substitutes as his side at times threatened an upset, but they failed to create enough clear-cut chances to truly turn up the heat on the visitors.

Douglas and former All White Aaron Scott toiled manfully for the Division One hosts, while recent NZ A international Jake Butler was strong in midfield for the victors.

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