A YOUTHFUL Melville City outfit defeated Olympic Kingsway 1-0 in a tight clash at John Connell Reserve.
Boasting just three players over the age of 22, the young Melville side overcame a raft of absentees to claim its first win in eight games.
The hosts started strongly as Cameron McLaren and Mark Lucas came close to an early lead, while Luke Coltman’s powerful strike was pushed away by Daniel Agudelo for the visitors.
City finally made a breakthrough midway through the half, when Logan McIsaac’s header cannoned off the crossbar and Christian Long bundled home from close range.
Daniel Cuticone nearly equalized before the break, but Agudelo was on hand to deny him at the near post.
Kingsway continued to ask questions in the second half, but Melville’s defence continued to stand up to the test.
The home side nearly doubled its lead from another goalmouth scramble but Long was just inches short of connecting with the ball from close range.
Ryan Frising spurned a golden chance to equalize when he slid the ball over the bar unmarked from six yards out.
With Melville content to play on the break, it nearly put the result beyond doubt when substitute George Festa beat the offside trap, but he was well denied by Kingsway goalkeeper Joe Smith.
With time running out, Byron De Villiers had one last chance to snatch a point when he ran through on goal, but Agudelo was quick off his line to clear the danger, and Melville held on for the win.