Close match for Curtin

Nathan Smith and Eddie Tikoft worked tirelessly for the home team but the visitors took their chances and earned their win the hard way in an end-to-end thriller on Friday night. In a rollercoaster game, Curtin’s Norwegian centre back Nicolay Morland was sent off after a second yellow card and Mark Lucas scored two goals.

There were chances galore but Curtin could not break down a resolute Melville team that held on in the last 15 minutes for a determined win.

Curtin travel to Balga next Saturday to take on their old rivals at Princess Road |Reserve before hosting title contenders Joondalup United on Friday, May 30.