With a 4-1 win over Hawkes Bay United under their belt already, coach Mark Cossey is still looking for that perfect balance in the squad. A friendly against Eastern Suburbs this Saturday, could provide him with a few more answers. The game against the youth itself did provide glimpses of what to expect from both squads this summer.
On the men's side, Mark Jones looked to push on past a disappointing winter season with some quick touches and eye-catching passes, whilst Marc Evans looks a promising threat from down the middle, offering a different thread to that of Jama Boss.
The opening goal came from the seniors, fluid in passing and quick in execution. Bailey Webster and Jones combined well down the right-wing before the latter swung in a cross that Boss connected on.
The youths were not being dominated off the park however, the introduction of Jake Mechell saw the youth side look sharper in attack with Liam Hayes connecting well with the Melville striker, both the men and the youth seem intent on playing a fast direct style into their front men.
However, despite the treat of a goal from the youth, Aaron Scott and Jordan Shaw among others were doing a fine job of keeping them at bay. Sam Redwood picked up the second for the seniors, a driving run from out back allowed him to connect first time with a cross to send it home.
As the light began to fade, the game became more of a process of rotating as many players as they could onto the pitch as to allow a glance at every one. Whilst an inter-squad friendly can't give all the answers, it is clear to see a lot of promise from both sides.
The youth side fly down to face Southern United this weekend in their first game of the season, and if they can keep up the intensity they had against the Men's, there could be a promising first result for the lads.