MELVILLE City was on the receiving end of a 3-0 loss against a rampant University outfit in last weekend’s League men’s hockey match.
University was perched on top of the ladder at the beginning of the weekend, its goal-scoring power demonstrated through a haul of 36 goals in the first six games of the year.
Efficiency in front of goals for Melville would be paramount in getting a win, but deserted the side on the day.
Melville got off to an excellent start and created a number of excellent chances to score but was unable to capitalise.
This failure to convert game pressure on the scoreboard came back to haunt it as the slick University side was much more efficient at scoring when opportunities presented themselves.
Coach Russell Lee said his side entered the game knowing it would have to score early and often to keep pace with University.
“University have only been held to three goals once this season, and we knew going in that we would need to score early in order to get the win,” he said.
“Unfortunately when the chances came we simply weren’t good enough to convert.
“Next week’s game against Aquinas is now very important if we are to challenge for the finals in 2016.”