Australia Cup 2023 – Road to the Round of 32

Melbourne Knights are through to the Australia Cup national rounds for the fourth time in their history where they will go up against Queensland outfit Lions in the Round of 32 on Thursday night. 

Knights secured their spot in the national rounds with wins over Corio, Box Hill United, Bentleigh Greens and Yarraville Glory, scoring 17 goals along the way. Here’s a closer look at their run to the Round of 32:

Preliminary Round 4: Melbourne Knights 6-1 Corio

Knights kicked off their Australia Cup run with a 6-1 win over State League One outfit Corio at Somers Street in April.

Felipe Sanchez and Ciaran Bramwell both bagged braces while Gian Albano and Mohammed Sumaoro were also on target in a commanding win.

Preliminary Round 5: Melbourne Knights 5-0 Box Hill United

Knights defeated NPL 3 side Box Hill United 5-0 in Preliminary Round 5 action at Somers Street after a late venue change saw the fixture moved from Wembley Park on game day.

The scores were locked at 0-0 at the break before Trevor Ssemakula netted a hat-trick and Luka Kolic popped up with a brace as a five-star second half saw the Knights march onto Round 6. 

Preliminary Round 6: Bentleigh Greens 0-2 Melbourne Knights

Knights ran out 2-0 winners on the road in an all NPL Victoria affair against Bentleigh Greens in Preliminary Round 6 action.

Gian Albano put Knights in front from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Greens keeper, Bon Scott brought down Ciaran Bramwell inside the area.

Corey Sewell secured Knights spot in the draw for round seven in the 61st minute when his deflected first-time strike from the top of the box found it’s way into the bottom corner against his former club.

Preliminary Round 7: Melbourne Knights 3-1 Yarraville Glory

Knights booked their spot in the 2023 Australia Cup Round of 32 with a 3-1 win over State League One side Yarraville at Knights Stadium in June.

It was the visitors who went into the break with the lead courtesy of a Dominic Yuel goal against the run of play.

Knights came out firing in the second stanza and found an equaliser through Luka Kolic, who directed a diving header into the bottom corner on the end of a Jack Morton cross in the 60th minute.

Mitch Hore put Knights in front with a volley following some slick interplay from the home side in the 75th minute before Ciaran Bramwell powered home a first time finish to round out the scoring five minutes later.

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