Murdoch University Melville FC keep playoff dream alive with win over Canning City

Dean Thurston prepares to receive Ryan Tucker's throw-in.
Dean Thurston prepares to receive Ryan Tucker's throw-in.

MURDOCH University Melville FC (MUM FC) claimed a stunning, come-from-behind 3-2 win over Canning City at Burrendah Reserve to keep their playoff hopes alive.

After conceding two goals late in the first half, it looked as if MUM FC would slip to their fourth consecutive loss.

However, goals in the last 20 minutes to Ryan Tucker and Simon El Chami secured all three points to keep their slender post-season chances alive.

The visitors started strongly and took the lead when Declan Tanna was felled inside the box and Dean Thurston converted the resulting penalty.

They looked in control for most of the first half, but some haphazard defending in the shadows of half-time twice allowed Canning’s striker in on goal and he made no mistake on both occasions.

MUM FC came out firing in the second half, but found Canning’s ‘keeper in top form as he made superb stops from Tanna and Broden Brown.

The away team were handed the perfect opportunity to equalise when Tanna was again fouled inside the box, but City’s goalkeeper pushed away Thurston’s spot-kick and deflected Christian Long’s follow-up over the bar.

It looked like the breakthrough would never come, but with 20 minutes to go, a half-cleared ball caused a commotion in the box and Tucker kept his cool to fire home and level the scores.

Up the other end, Alec Radonich made a superb stop from close-range to prevent Canning from taking the lead, while Long was inches away from turning home Tucker’s low ball across goal.

With just five minutes remaining, MUM FC found the winner when Long raced onto a through ball and his inch-perfect cross was nodded home by substitute El Chami.

There was late drama when Tulie Mumbi was given a straight red card, leaving the visitors with ten men to finish the game, but they were able to hold on.

Earlier, MUM FC’s Reserves and Under-18’s both won 3-0.