Melville United still have plenty to play for despite Chatham Cup elimination
Melville United won't be in the Chatham Cup final this year, but they've got plenty of Cup finals to come.
The Northern Region Division One promotion hopefuls were knocked out of the Cup on Saturday by Premier Division leaders Onehunga Sports, with a 59th-minute Andrew Milne goal securing the win for the hosts.
However, co-coach Sam Wilkinson said Melville would be bolstered by their performance and still have plenty to play for in the league.
"They're obviously disappointed because they know they got close against a strong team, but we said our situation in the league hasn't changed," Wilkinson said.
"We've pretty much got six Cup finals left where we've got to win them all."
A Melville side missing a number of key players frustrated the hosts and soaked up the pressure well before going behind.
"I couldn't fault the performance," Wilkinson said.
"We set up a little differently tactically and they acquitted themselves really well. We probably could have pinched a goal and taken it to extra-time, and that wouldn't have been an unfair reflection on the chance created.
"Even in the first half when we sat off them a bit, we had the two or three better chances. They didn't create a chance until the goal, so for [co-coach] Michael [Mayne] and I tactically that was quite pleasing."
The visitors' back-four impressed with Robbie Greenhalgh leading them well, while Eric Seekie defended well and gave the side something going forward from an unfamiliar fullback role.
In Division Two, a late goal from Federico Marquez helped Claudelands Rovers nab a 2-2 draw away to Ngongotaha in their mid-table encounter.
Jacob Davis put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute before Magi Mas Manresa equalised 14 minutes later. Alex Pinto scored on the hour for Ngongotaha but they couldn't hold on to three points.