MANDURAH City held off a determined Floreat Athena to earn a valuable point in a scoreless draw at E&D Litis Stadium.
The result has moved the PS4 NPLWA newcomers off the bottom of the table and gain momentum in their battle to avoid relegation.
Mandurah coach Doug Hesketh praised the efforts of his younger players who stepped up in the absence of several key senior players.
“We had a 17-year-old up front, we had a 17-year-old in the back four, we brought two 18-year-olds on and honestly I’m delighted,” he said.
“If we can come to an outfit like this with players like they had on the field today and keep a clean sheet with some of our youngsters, I think we are in good shape.”
Hesketh showed appreciation for the Dolphins’ travelling support who got behind their side all afternoon.
“It’s all done in good spirits and they are desperate for us to stay up too,” he said.
“This will be my last season as head coach, so we are really determined to keep the club in the NPL.”