Curtin 0-1 Melville

14 MAY | BY CAMPBELL BALLANTYNE

MURDOCH University Melville (MUM) FC visited us at Edinburgh oval on Saturday evening and left with a 1-0 win. The Curtin side missing Eddie Tikoft, Carlo Chiellini, Rob Keegan and Daniel Young struggled to gain a strong grip on the game.

Dean Thurston’s first-half header was enough to separate the two sides and extend the visitor’s unbeaten run to three games and Curtin slipped from 4th to 6th in the table. In a game devoid of clear-cut chances, the away side looked more likely to take the lead, with Tulie Mumbi twice thwarted by good saves from the keeper. In the shadows of half-time, MUM FC took the lead when Matt Sljivic chipped the ball across goal and Thurston nodded home from close range.

Curtin started the second half may well have got the hot end of the hair dryer from coach Mick Philp as we started the second half the stronger team, but couldn’t turn the pressure into goals. MUM’s Reece Frank almost sealed the result late when his speculative volley from distance, was perfectly judged by Curtin’s keeper, Jack Kenny, who comfortably watched it strike the outside of the post. Curtin almost pinched a draw late when Dilip Masrangi wriggled into the box, but Alec Radonich made a superb stop from close range to deny Curtin a share of the points (captured above by Ahmed Alghamdi).