Useful 2-2 draw in match for Melbourne

York Minster Engineering League - Division 4 Trophy

KS Polonia..........................................................................2

Melbourne..........................................................................2

TENANT-FINDER.NET sponsored Melbourne took on Polonia looking to build on their winning start in the division four trophy competition.

Melbourne have a good record against Polonia this season, but it was Polonia who began the match the brightest and their quick forward play forced the Melbourne central defence of Shez Fletcher and Matt Costello into plenty of early action.

With only 10 minutes on the clock, Polonia took the lead after good play down the right and a snap-shot from the edge of the box which flew into the top corner, giving keeper Pud no chance. Going a goal down forced Melbourne to wake up and the game evened out with Melbourne starting to build some good attacks down the wings through Craig Steels and Matt Underwood on the right and Ben Marriott linking up well with Ross on the left. As the half drew towards a close, strikers Carl and Ren linked up well to send Carl clean through on two occasions, with the final finish all that was lacking.

Melbourne began the second half determined to keep their opponents under pressure and began to dominate possession. The equaliser came with 15 minutes remaining when Nick Boyd crossed the ball into the box for Jonathan Burn to force a save, which Melbourne’s goal-poacher Ren pounced on to fire the ball in to the top corner of the net.

With Melbourne now expecting to go on and grab the winner, Polonia unexpectedly scored for a second time when a long throw was launched into the six-yard box and nodded into the bottom corner of the net. Melbourne managed to put the goal behind them and carved out another chance for Matt Underwood to run through and fire in a shot, which the Polish keeper again failed to hold, with Ren (who else?) again first to react and slam in his 14th goal of the season.

With fewer than five minutes left on the clock there was still time for both teams to (deservedly) have goals ruled-out for off-side.

Next week Melbourne travel to Selby Olympia for the second round of the League Junior cup. Man of the match was Ross.