Melville United goalkeeper Max Tommy will forever be remembered as the scorer of one of the Chatham Cup’s most memorable goals in its 100-year history.
As the 2023 Chatham Cup final entered its eighth minute of stoppage time, Melville trailed 2-1 to Christchurch United.
The Waikato side were awarded a free kick just outside the Christchurch penalty area.
With nothing to lose, Tommy ran forward to join his Melville teammates in front of goal.
Here’s what happened next …
Tommy’s goal sent the game into extra time, and then to penalties.
Main photo: Max Tommy sets off on a 50-metre dash to celebrate his goal with his team’s dugout.
Christchurch United won the trophy after a penalty shootout at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.
Though on the losing side, Max Tommy was awarded the Jack Batty Cup for the Player of the Match.
Game played on Sunday September 10, 2023
Melville United 2 (Lucca Lim 72′, Max Tommy 90+8′)
Christchurch United 2 (own goals 11′, 35′)
* Christchurch United win 4-2 on penalties after extra time