Soccer: Melville City claims belated win over Quinns FC

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MELVILLE City claimed a long-awaited first win of the State League Division Two season with a 2-1 win over Quinns FC at John Connell Reserve.

First half goals to Dean Thurston and Grant Mowatt were enough for City to snap their seven-game winless start to the season.

The result lifted Melville off the foot of the table, with a game in hand over bottom-placed Shamrock Rovers.

Both teams had their chances in a tight opening, with Alex Sallery shooting over for the visitors while Shaz Ghafari’s strike forced a good save from Adam Bowers.

The hosts hit the front when Aldaine Van Dyk found space on the right and Thurston swept home his low.

Their lead was quickly erased by a blistering strike from Ali Elhassen which left goalkeeper Daniel Agudelo with no chance.

However, City reclaimed the lead before half time when Dave McNally flicked on a corner and Mowatt pounced to nod home at the back post.

The second half proved to be evenly fought as Quinns tried desperately to find another equalizer.

Melville had their chances to put the game beyond doubt, with Christian Long unable to finish a one-on-one and Mark Lucas hit the post before turning the rebound just wide.

Quinns’ task got harder when Danny Cain was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, although Adam Buckley almost made it 2-2 when he fired over from a promising position.

Mowatt was unable to convert two late chances to bury the game, before it looked like the visitors would be reduced to nine-men when Brian Cairney appeared to swing an arm at Ghafari in an altercation.

The referee ended up settling for just a yellow card, but Melville were able to see off the last few attacks to claim a morale-boosting victory.

Elsewhere, Melville’s Reserves went down 3-1 to their Quinns counterparts, while the Under 18’s drew 3-3 in their top-of-the-table clash.

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