A LAST-minute penalty allowed Gosnells City FC to snatch a 1-1 draw with Murdoch University Melville (MUM) FC at Walter Padbury Reserve.
After taking the lead through a Christian Long strike, MUM FC conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time which was converted by Elliot Ireland with the last kick of the game.
The point left MUM FC in fifth spot, five points behind fourth-placed Balga with three games to play.
The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half, with Long and Ryan Tucker coming closest to breaking the deadlock.
However, their chances took a blow when central midfielder Samuel Garces was forced off with a hamstring injury midway through the opening period.
It did not take the away side long to open the scoring after half time, as a flowing team move ended in Long sweeping Aldaine Van Dyk’s cross into the bottom corner.
As the half continued and Gosnells pushed men forward, MUM FC found space in behind their defence and Long twice found himself one-on-one, but was unable to convert.
Daniel Davey found himself in a good position to seal the points with just minutes to play, but his shot rolled agonisingly wide.
With time winding down, Broden Brown clipped a Gosnells forward in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Ireland coolly converted the spot kick to salvage a point and MUM FC were left to rue two points lost.
In other results, MUM FC’s Reserve’s side won 3-1 thanks to goals from Brett Tucker, Nathan Craigie and Liam Goerke, while the Under 18’s won 2-1.