Soccer: Melville concede late goal to draw 3-3 in final game of the season

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MELVILLE City was unable to send retiring captain Matt Donlevy off with a win after drawing 3-3 against Olympic Kingsway at Kingsway Sporting Complex in the final game of the season.

Despite leading 2-0 at half time, Donlevy’s Melville swansong was spoiled by a strike deep in injury time to end City’s season on a disappointing note.

However, other results meant Melville was able to secure fifth spot in Division Two, a fine effort given it had languished in 11th following two points from a seven-game winless run early in the season.

Melville took the lead midway through the half when Christian Long was felled inside the box and Mark Lucas made no mistake from the resultant penalty.

Donlevy capped his farewell with a goal, bundling home from close range following a corner, before Olympic Kingswat hit the post moments before half time.

The hosts were given a lifeline when Alastair Campbell accidentally put the ball into his own net shortly after the restart.

Brett Cutting thought his header had drawn Kingsway level, but the referee spotted a foul in the build-up, before Mark Donnelly levelled the scores minutes later after Melville failed to clear its lines.

However, Melville took back the lead when Kingsway’s goalkeeper failed to hold Simon El Chami’s cross and Long poked home the rebound.

Melville endured a wave of late pressure and it finally gave way in injury time when Donnelly popped up unmarked at the back post to crash home and steal a point.

Earlier, Melville’s Under-18s secured the club’s first silverware in the State League, thanks to a 3-0 victory that sealed the title.

The Under-18s won 20 of its 22 games this season, having lost just once along the way, to finish top of the league.