Im­proved City takes lead late

Melville Times - - Sport -

MELVILLE City claimed a come­from-be­hind 2-1 vic­tory over Balga SC at John Con­nell Re­serve.

Trail­ing 1-0 at half-time fol­low­ing a mix-up in de­fence, it looked as if it would be a dis­ap­point­ing day for Melville.

How­ever, an im­proved sec­ond half show­ing and two goals in five min­utes from Mark Lu­cas and Chris­tian Long sealed a de­served win.

While Melville’s play­off hopes are of­fi­cially over, as they trail fourth spot by four points head­ing into the fi­nal round, they will be happy with their fight­ing spirit fol­low­ing their poor start to the sea­son.

Melville looked to be the bet­ter side dur­ing a tight open­ing half an hour, but Balga took the lead when goal­keeper Adam Man­gion mis­judged a cross and a Balga striker was able to loop a header into the net.

Balga came close to adding a sec­ond, while Long was de­nied a penalty at the other end, much to Melville’s anger.

City started the sec­ond half pos­i­tively, but for long pe­ri­ods were un­able to test the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper.

How­ever, with 20 min­utes left, Long beat two de­fend­ers on the touch­line and whipped in a low cross which Lu­cas swept home.

Min­utes later, they took the lead when a de­fen­sive mix-up in­side the box al­lowed Long to fire home.

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