A TEN-MAN Melville City succumbed to Owen Curtis’ late strike to fall to Kelmscott Roos 1-0 at John Connell Reserve.
In a game low on goal-scoring chances, Curtis’ acrobatic late strike denied Melville a well-earned point after its captain Matt Donlevy was sent off.
Both sides struggled to test the opposition goalkeeper in the first half, as their defences starved the strikers of chances.
Shane Boyle nearly opened the scoring for the hosts when he flicked on Cameron McLaren’s cross, but Kristian Usedo made a fine reaction save.
Arther Gaye and Curtis both shot just wide from the edge of the box, but were unable to give Kelmscott the lead heading into half time.
The second half proved to be more of the same, with neither side able to force the keepers into a significant save.
However, the game turned on its head when Donlevy was given a straight red card for a tackle from behind.
Melville found itself under pressure as the Roos looked to make their extra man count, but once again its young defence stood strong.
Substitute Sabin Shresthra almost gave City a late lead when he beat the offside trap, but fired wide.
Kelmscott kept coming late in the game, and Curtis forced Daniel Agudelo into a superb save from close range on the cusp of full time.
However, from the resulting corner, the ball fell to Curtis and with his back to goal, he twisted and volleyed into the top corner to snatch victory.