Melina Ayres

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Melina Ayres
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Personal information
Full name Melina Ayres
Date of birth (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 23)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Breiðablik
(on loan from Melbourne Victory)
Number 22
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2015–2017 Melbourne City 16 (2)
2016 Alamein FC 25 (23)
2017–2018 South Melbourne 55 (82)
2017– Melbourne Victory 53 (16)
2022Breiðablik (loan) 9 (2)
National team
2016– Australia U20 6 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 February 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 25 October 2017

Melina Ayres (born 13 April 1999) is an Australian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Breiðablik in the Icelandic Besta-deild kvenna on a loan from South Melbourne. She has previously played for Melbourne City.

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WNPL

In 2017, Ayres signed for her junior club South Melbourne FC after spending the previous WNPL Victoria season at Alamein FC. [1] Ayres went on to sign for South Melbourne the following year. [2]

Club career

Melbourne City, 2015–2017

In September 2015 at age 16, Ayres signed with Melbourne City for the 2015–16 season playing primarily in a striker position. [3] [4] She scored her first goal for the club during injury time of the team's inaugural match against Sydney FC solidifying the 6–0 win. [5]

Melbourne Victory, 2017–

On 22 September, Ayres joined Melbourne Victory on a one-year deal. Highlights of her 2017/2018 season include a stunning goal against Melbourne City FC in round 11 when she won the ball from Alanna Kennedy and chipped Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams from close to halfway. Just one week earlier, Ayres scored another cracker of a strike against ladder leaders Brisbane Roar. With no clear options on hand, Ayres hit a right foot rocket past Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold into the top right bin, leaving the keeper with no chance. [6] In October 2020, Ayres signed a three-year extension with Melbourne Victory. [7]

Breiðablik 2022

In April 2022, Ayres joined Breiðablik of the Icelandic Besta-deild kvenna on a loan from Melbourne Victory. [8]

International career

Ayres played in Malaysia for the under-16 national team. Ayres was called up to the Australian under-20 squad for the 2016 AFF Women's Championship in July 2016 held in Myanmar. [9]

Personal life

Ayres is currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Deakin University. [10]

Honours

Individual

See also

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References

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  10. "Elite Athlete Program Profiles". Deakin University. Retrieved 10 August 2020.