Hockey: Melville City pulls off upset win over Old Aquinians

Hockey: Melville City pulls off upset win over Old Aquinians

MELVILLE City men picked up three crucial points in their bid to play finals hockey this year with a tight 2-1 win against Old Aquinians on Saturday night.

Aquinians came into the game as warm favourites, with their five wins from seven games good enough for second place on the State League ladder.

After an even start the game was set alight by a brilliant goal from Melville’s Scottish international Gavin Byers, who capped off a fine piece of end-to-end play with a cracking finish seven minutes into the game.

The scoreline stayed the same until fifteen minutes into the second half, when Aquinians equalised.

Melville took the lead back ten minutes later through Matthew Willis, and held on to record a crucial victory.

Coach Russell Lee said it was an important game to win as his team looks to build confidence and continue a push for finals.

“Scoring early and then holding a very good team out at the end were good steps forward, and we look forward to the challenge of playing Victoria Park at home next week,” he said.

Melville City is currently languishing in eighth on the ladder but could jump as high as fifth with a victory over Victoria Park on Saturday.