A double from Andrew Barisic has helped Melbourne Knights prevail over Northcote City 2-1 at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday.
The striker scored near the start and end of the affair to seal the result for the visitors despite a late consolation from James Kalifatidis.
Barisic gave the Knights the upper hand in the sixth minute as he latched onto a loose ball and poked it calmly past Chris Theodoridis into the bottom corner.
The Knights’ leading goalscorer notched his second goal with ten minutes remaining. A long clearance saw the striker get in behind the Northcote rear-guard, and Barisic never looked like missing, outwitting Theodoridis with an assured finish.
Northcote pulled back a goal in stoppage time as substitute Kalifatidis held his nerve to slot an effort across May and into the far corner from a tight angle.
After going behind, the home side started to create opportunities.
Northcote striker Calvin Mbarga headed a cross over the bar in the 13th minute before Barisic did the same from Anthony Colosimo’s corner four minutes later, coming very close to doubling his tally.
Ten minutes before half time a Marino Gasparis free kick skimmed the crossbar from a tight angle but the Knights went into the break with their lead intact.
Gasparis had a good sight at goal in the 54th minute as he dribbled to the edge of the area and rifled a low shot, but it was straight at Chris May.
Northcote continued to search for an equaliser and their best opportunity came with 20 minutes remaining.
Evan Kounavelis was played through and his pace got him one-on-one with Chris May with the goal at his mercy. But May won the standoff as he made a reflex save with his foot to the frustration of the home support.
Barisic’s second goal effectively sealed the result and gave the Knights an important three points.