MELVILLE City’s winless start to the State League Division 2 season continued as it fell 1-0 to Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park.
The visitors found itself a goal and a man down inside the opening five minutes and as a result, were fighting the current all game long.
Despite looking threatening in the second half, Melville could not find a breakthrough goal to earn a share of the points.
City got off to the worst start possible when a Kelmscott player superbly fired home from the edge of the box before things got worse less than 30 seconds later.
An under-hit pass sold Dave McNally short and the defender was forced into a desperate challenge on the edge of the box, resulting in a free kick and his dismissal.
The Roos continued to press, with Melville’s Daniel Agudelo twice forced into sharp saves from close range.
In response, Simon El Chami hit the side netting, while Christian Long fired wide from an acute angle while baring down on goal.
Melville pushed men forward in the second half, leaving it exposed to Kelmscott’s pacey wingers, but the visitors continued to fight for an equaliser.
Long hit the bar from a corner before Charlie Bush forced Kristian Usedo into a stunning save from a header.
Twice Melville had free kicks go close to equalising, with the crossbar denying Bush before Denaudo Murray’s effort was tipped over.
But the comeback was not to be, as Bush was sent off for dragging down his opponent on the edge of the box and Kelmscott saw off the late pressure to claim victory.