Soccer: Murdoch University Melville smashes 10-man Canning City 6-0


Daniel Davey surges forward against Canning City’s defence.
Daniel Davey surges forward against Canning City’s defence.

MURDOCH University Melville (MUM) FC waltzed to a 6-0 thrashing of a 10-man Canning City in their State League Division 2 derby at Murdoch University.

Despite both sides fielding young teams, the hosts proved their mettle and dominated the game from start to finish.

The victory lifted MUM FC to fifth, albeit with a game in hand over the three teams directly above them.

The home side started brightly, as Tulie Mumbi was twice denied by keeper Anthony Iannantuodi, while James Pearson’s long-rang strike flew just wide for the visitors.

MUM FC finally made the breakthrough when Daniel Davey released Mumbi, who squared for Matt Sljivic to tap home at the back post.

It should have been 2-0 when Davey was felled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, but Dean Thurston’s attempted ‘Panenka’ was pushed away by Iannantuodi.

Thurston made amends just before half time when he converted Broden Brown’s cross, before Canning’s day went from bad to worse when Peter Cartwright was given a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

MUM FC came out intent on making the most of its numerical advantage after the break.

Thurston thundered a shot on to the bar from Davey’s cut back, but the hosts didn’t have to wait long to extend their lead as Ryan Tucker headed home Brown’s free kick.

It was 4-0 soon after, when Aldaine Van Dyke’s dogged determination saw him win the ball back in midfield and loop a ball over the defence for Thurston to run on to and lob the keeper.

Reece Frank then had a powerful shot saved on the turn, before Tucker’s fine strike from the edge of the box made it 5-0.

Ante Jukic almost grabbed a consolation late for the visitors, before Davey put the icing on the cake after a nice pass by Amel Dzaferovic, while Tucker was denied his hat-trick by the post.

MUM FC’s reserves enjoyed a 5-0 win over its Canning counterparts, thanks to a Dzaferovic brace and strikes from Declan Tanna, Nicholas Del Borrello and Liam Goerke, while the under-18s fell 2-1.

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