Soccer: Melville City claims come from behind 2-1 win over Balga SC

Soccer: Melville City claims come from behind 2-1 win over Balga SC

MELVILLE City claimed a come from behind 2-1 victory over Balga SC at John Connell Reserve.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time following a mix-up in defence, it looked as if it would be a disappointing day for Melville.

However, an improved second half showing and two goals in five minutes from Mark Lucas and Christian Long sealed a deserved win.

While Melville’s playoff hopes are officially over as it trails fourth spot by four points heading into the final round, it will be happy with its fighting spirit following a poor start to the season.

Melville looked to be the better side during a tight opening half an hour, but Balga took the lead when goalkeeper Adam Mangion misjudged a cross and a Balga striker was able to loop a header into the net.

Balga came close to adding a second when its left winger headed wide at the far post, while Long was denied a penalty at the other end, much to Melville’s anger.

City started the second half positively, but for long periods were unable to test the opposition goalkeeper.

However, with 20 minutes left, Long beat two defenders on the touchline and whipped in a low cross which Lucas swept home.

Minutes later, they took the lead when a defensive mix-up inside the box allowed Long to fire home.

Dean Thurston almost made it 3-1 after a botched clearance, only for the keeper to make a superb one-on-one save.

Balga never seriously threatened Melville’s goal late and the hosts were able to see out the rest of the game without much incident.

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