Hockey: Melville City pulls off upset 4-2 victory over WASPS

Hockey: Melville City pulls off upset 4-2 victory over WASPS

MELVILLE City’s men team continued its winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Wesley South Perth in round 16 of the State Hockey League at Perth Stadium on Sunday night.

WASPS entered the game having lost just once his season and with its playing stocks bolstered by the return of Australian internationals Kiel Brown and Trent Mitton.

Melville on the other hand was missing two key defenders, and was clearly the underdog heading into the match.

Despite this, Melville burst out of the blocks and opened the scoring through a Matthew Willis penalty corner conversion after eight minutes.

This was followed by a Ryan Hyder field goal after 26 minutes, giving Melville a 2-0 lead, which was narrowed to 2-1 by half time.

Goals to Josh Byrne-Quinn and Justin McDougall extended the lead after the break before WASPS scored a consolation goal late.

Coach Russell Lee said he was “extremely satisfied” it was an important and well-deserved victory for his side.

“We stay in touch with the top sides in the contest for finals spots and proved to ourselves that we can match it with anyone when we play our game,” he said.

“Very pleased with the way our young players stood up under extreme pressure, and we move on to next week confident that we can reproduce another high level effort.”