Soccer: Melville go down fighting 3-1 to Morley Windmills in State League Division Two

Soccer: Melville go down fighting 3-1 to Morley Windmills in State League Division Two

MELVILLE City went down fighting in a 3-1 defeat to Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve in round four of the State League Division Two .

Goals to Kyle King and Yves Mwila looked to have sealed a Morley win, before Harry Hosking’s header heralded a Melville fight back.

However, the Windmills hit Melville on the break deep into injury time and Jason Muwowo put the result beyond doubt.

In a tight first half, Scott Campbell and ex-Melville midfielder Sasa Slavujevic both came close with long-range shots, but were unable to hit the target.

Morley made a breakthrough just before halftime, when Melville was unable to clear its lines and King trickled a shot past Mirko Grgurinovic.

Simon El Chami missed a great chance to equalise just after the break when he fired over from Ryan Russell’s cutback and the hosts doubled their advantage soon after, when King was dragged down inside the box and Mwila converted the penalty.

However, Melville reduced the deficit when Hosking headed home Graham Herd’s free kick and Melville’s hunger lifted.

Morley had chances to put the game to bed when King was denied by the offside flag and Slavujevic’s free kick rattled the crossbar.

City pushed men forward late in a desperate attempt to salvage a point and Hosking came closest when his free kick forced Anthony Salpietro into a scrambling save.

But deep into injury time, Melville were hit on the counter and Morley surged forward, allowing Muwowo to sweep home from close range to finish the game.

Earlier, Melville’s reserve side won 3-2, while the 18s played out an entertaining 4-4 draw.