The Melbourne Knights return to Somers Street on a mission to capture their first win on home soil when they take on the Bentleigh Greens in tomorrow nights clash!
Round 3 saw the Knights suffer their second loss of the season, this time falling 2-0 on the road to long time Derby rivals South Melbourne FC. A goal in each half for South secured them the three points, sending the Knights home empty handed.
Last week, the Bentleigh Greens were able to secure their first win of the season against fellow Greek side, Heidelberg United, defeating the side 1-0. A Pierce Waring penalty in t
he final ten minutes of the game was enough to do the job despite the nervy circumstances.
Both sides enter the match on relatively equal footing, with each side secure one win and two losses in the three rounds played to date. Unpacking further, both sides have drawn Avondale and South Melbourne in the opening NPL rounds and both the Knights and Bentleigh have each suffered losses to these team. Despite the parity in results, the Knights sit two spots higher than 10th placed Bentleigh due to goal difference.
The Knights should pay particular attention to number ten Pierce Warning, who has managed to score in two out of three outings for his side.
The last time these sides faced, Bentleigh cruised to the three points in style, knocking the Knights over 5-1 in Cheltenham. The Greens raced to a 3-0 half-time lead, before slowing things down marginally in the second half.
Melbourne Knights FC
Head Coach: Steve Bebic
Squad: 1-Harry Cakarun (GK), 2-Jack Marth, 3-Fuki Ishibashi, 4-Theiry Iradukunda, 5-Ayden Brice (C), 6-Anthony Duzel, 7-Atilla Ofli, 8-James McGarry, 9-Luka Celic, 10-Gian Albano, 11-Justin Micallef, 12-Andy Robertson, 14-Anthony Frangie, 16-Mohammad Sumaoro, 17-Trevor Ssemakula, 18-Jack Morton, 19-Luka Kolic, 21-Thomas Manos (GK), 23-Steve Sokol, 24-Ivan Miletic, 77-Lionel Masudi
Bentleigh Greens SC
Head Coach: Nick Tolios
Squad: 1- Pierce Clark (GK), 2- William Doumanis, 3- Jacob Alexander, 4- Ben Carrigan, 5- Jack Webster (C), 6- Corey Sewell, 7- Ajak Riak, 8- George Lambadaridis, 9- Brent McGrath, 10- Pierce Waring, 11- Lucas Derrick, 13- Mitch Hore, 14- Jordie van der Laan, 17- Danny Kim, 19- Tom Strickland, 20- Seb Matosevic (GK), 21- Ken Krolicki, 22- Jack Painter-Andrews, 23- Yagoub Mustafa, 28- Brady Pollard, 34- Joshua Jackson
– Tom Hayes