MELVILLE City made it four wins from five State League Division 2 games with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Curtin University in at John Connell Reserve.
Adam Mangion’s early header proved to be the difference in a scrappy game devoid of many clear-cut chances.
The win allowed City to move within three points of a playoff spot, although fourth-placed Kelmscott Roos has two games in hand.
The game was less than 10 minutes old when Mangion nodded home a cross to give Melville an early lead.
Chances were few and far between for both sides in the opening half, as both defences were able to blunt opposition attacks.
Dilip Masranga’s curled shot was easily dealt with by Daniel Agudelo, while Simon El Chami’s cutback was turned past his own post by Mark Donnelly.
The second half started in similar fashion, before Curtin started to look dangerous as it searched for an equaliser.
Shaz Ghafari was forced into an intervention as Curtin threatened to go one-on-one with Agudelo, before Daniel Young headed over.
As the visitors pressed late, room opened for Melville on the counter attack and only vital tackles denied Grant Mowatt and Arthur Gaye from close range.
After a nail-biting final few minutes, City saw off Curtin’s desperate attacks to claim a valiant win.