Melbourne Knights FC
posted on August 09, 2010 11:07
An inspired hat-trick from Melbourne Knights striker Kevin Townson, has secured a vital 4-2 victory over Northcote City at Knights stadium on Sunday afternoon, securing the Knights safety from the threat of relegation in the process.
It was an emotionally charged match, with high stakes on the table for the home side, and the team was led out by captain and club legend Danny Tiatto in his final game wearing the Red, White and Blue in front of an adoring crowd at Knights Stadium.
An early corner to the Knights saw Northcote keeper Chris Petropoulos fumble his catch and drop the ball right to the feet of Tomislav Skara, with his effort on goal scrambled off the line.
Northcote City are this season’s leading goal scorers, with big forward Trent Rixon leading the way, the home side paid special attention to the lanky striker from Albury allowing him little room to move, and closing him down at every opportunity. This allowed Northcote’s other attacking players more freedom, with James Kalifatidis and Bradley Norton making good runs down the wing and into the Knights’ penalty area, but failing to deliver the final ball to create the opportunity for Rixon to finish.
In the 16th minute, Kevin Townson thought he had opened the scoring, only to be denied by the linesman flag, as the Knights began to lift the tempo.
A ten minute spell of dominance from the home side mid-way through the first half broke the game wide open. A telling cross from Jean-Charles Dubois floated perfectly for Townson to hit on the half volley, bouncing over and past a stranded Petropoulos...
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