Soccer: Melville City end drought by smashing Kelmscott Roos

Soccer: Melville City end drought by smashing Kelmscott Roos

MELVILLE City snapped their three game losing streak with a 5-1 dismantling of Kelmscott Roos at John Connell Reserve.

A Mark Lucas penalty gave Melville the lead at the break, before four second-half goals killed the game off.

The result was just the tonic the hosts needed after three consecutive losses significantly hindered their playoff hopes.

Melville threatened early against the under-manned Kelmscott side, who were missing several players through suspension, but were initially unable to find a clear sight on goal.

However, a collision between Christian Long and Owen Curtis in the box was enough for the referee to point to the spot, much to the visitors’ anger.

Lucas sent the ‘keeper the wrong way from the spot and Long almost doubled their lead before half time when his header crashed off the bar.

City continued to control the game in the second half and made it 2-0 when Lucas’ free kick from the right came back off the post and fell invitingly to Dean Thurston, who made no mistake from close range.

It was 3-0 soon after when Grant Mowatt headed home Long’s cross, before the scorer turned provider as he teed up Amel Dzaferovic on the edge of the box, whose fine strike found the bottom corner.

Lucas doubled his tally with a sumptuous free kick which evaded Scott Gibbons in goal and Sabin Shrestha almost made it 6-0 when Aldaine Van Dyke’s cross just evaded him.

Melville’s day ended on a slight down note when Curtis nodded home a corner to spoil their clean sheet, but the home side were otherwise pleased with their comprehensive performance.