Hockey: Melville City crack first win

Melville City overcame a 0-2 start to secure its first win of the season against Hale Hockey Club. Picture: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics
Melville City overcame a 0-2 start to secure its first win of the season against Hale Hockey Club. Picture: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics

MELVILLE City got its season back on track with a character-filled 3-2 win over Hale Hockey Club on Sunday.

Melville’s defensive unit was missing some key players due to injury and State duties, and Hale began the game extremely well, applying enormous pressure and putting two goals on the board inside the first 10 minutes.

Melville then settled after a slow start and began imposing itself on the game, and a period of sustained pressure saw the side score through Justin McDougall just before half-time.

Coach Russell Lee reiterated key messages around composure and ball control through the half-time break, and the side responded with a second goal, to Ross Hall, immediately after play resumed.

McDougall then capped off a fine game scoring the winner with 10 minutes to go, setting up a frantic last period as Hale pressed for an equaliser but were denied by the stout Melville defence.

Lee said he was pleased with the heart displayed his team in coming back from the early deficit.

“We need to keep building now, and working on being consistent through the entire match – we can’t afford to give teams a two goal head start.

“It was very pleasing to see our second side have a good win as well with some great performances from the young guys in that team.”