A YOUTHFUL Melville City claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a spectacular 7-1 thrashing of Ellenbrook United at John Connell Reserve.
Coming off last week’s win over Olympic Kingsway, Melville’s youngsters turned it up a gear and moved to within a win of sixth place.
Melville started with a point to prove and only a sharp reaction save from Chris Potter denied Christian Long a goal inside the opening five minutes.
The hosts did not have to wait long for a breakthrough though, as Logan McIsaac nodded home Alastair Campbell’s corner.
Campbell nearly made it 2-0 from a free kick, before Sherwin Tucker extended City’s lead with a tidy one-on-one finish.
Ellenbrook had chances to hit back, but Daniel Agudelo saved from Matt Clarke, before Harry Bissett headed over.
Any chance of a comeback was snuffed out 10 minutes after the restart, when Cameron McLaren rode a couple of challenges before sliding home.
It was 4-0 soon after when McLaren’s swerving strike struck the bar and Louie Granich scrambled in the rebound.
Ellenbrook grabbed a consolation goal when a long ball evaded Melville’s defence and Alex McInerney pounced.
However, Melville kept going and McLaren grabbed his second of the game with a composed finish, before setting up Sabin Shrestha for another.
Rion Robertson added the icing on the cake with a superb curling effort in injury time.