State League Div 2: Melville grinds out win over Quinns FC

State League Div 2: Melville grinds out win over Quinns FC

MELVILLE City returned to winning ways with a gritty 2-0 victory over Quinns FC in their State League Division Two clash at Gumblossom Park.

After weathering some first-half pressure from the hosts, goals after the break to Scott Campbell and Graham Herd gave Melville its second win of the season.

Quinns started strongly and peppered the visitor’s goal, but was unable to find the decisive breakthrough.

Glen Moore headed narrowly over from Jake Benson-Cooper’s corner and Craig Tooley forced a good save from Mirko Grgurinovic, as Melville struggled to create chances.

However, momentum shifted immediately after half time, when Simon El Chami teed up Campbell on the edge of the area and the midfielder drilled home.

The goal gave Melville confidence as they settled into their game, although they still had to be wary of Quinns’ aerial prowess.

Grgurinoivc made a superb stop from Paul Leggatt’s header, before Tooley had an equalizer ruled out for offside.

Up the other end, Adam Bowers was forced into a great save after Moore almost headed into his own net, but Melville soon doubled its lead when a Mark Lucas cross was nodded home by Herd.

Quinns nearly found a late lifeline from Benson-Cooper’s free kick, only for the woodwork to deny him and Melville saw out the remainder of the game to claim victory.

In other results, the reserves scored a dramatic 2-1 win over their Quinns counterparts, while the Under 18s continued their unbeaten start with a 3-0 win.