Soccer: Melville City holds league leaders Fremantle City

Soccer: Melville City holds league leaders Fremantle City

MELVILLE City earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in its local derby against league leaders Fremantle City at Len Shearer Reserve.

In an engrossing battle full of grit and determination but low on goals, both sides enjoyed moments on top, although the visitors created more chances.

After allowing eight goals over the least two games, a Melville backline with an average age under 20 years managed to earn a clean sheet against the league’s second-most potent attack.

In a tight first half, Fremantle had the better opportunities, as Melville goalkeeper Daniel Agudelo was forced into good saves from Anthony Lomma and Liam Fariss.

Alec Robinson beat the offside trap for the visitors but was denied by the bar, while up the other end Tom Speziali almost put the ball into his own net.

The second half proved to be every bit as tight at the first, as both sides grappled to gain the upper hand.

Melville were able to play more in their opponent’s half, but were unable to seriously test Justin Scarvaci in goals and their opponent’s pace on the break was always a threat.

Lomma and Farris continued to prove a handful up front, but the youthful centre-back partnership of Logan McIsaac and Harry Hoskins were on hand to repel their attacks.

Both sides had late efforts saved, as Scarvaci made a superb stop from a Mark Lucas strike, before Aguedlo denied Robinson from point blank range at the other end.