Melbourne Knights defeated Port Melbourne 1-0 at SS Anderson Reserve on Friday night, thanks to a headed goal by Stipo Andrijasevic in the 68th minute.
Andrijasevic, who has proven to be a handy addition to the squad after joining in the mid-season window, rose above a pack of players to head home a corner – his fourth Knights goal.
Knights came out of the blocks strongly in the first half, and had Port Melbourne pinned in their own half for the majority of the opening 45 minutes.
The visitors, however, were unable to fashion a goal, despite numerous chances to do so.
Shayan Alinejad challenged Port keeper Stjepan Gal for the first time in the 10th minute, after receiving the ball from Daniel Visevic on the left. Alinejad’s strike forced a strong saved from Gal, who parried the ball away from danger.
Knights thought they had won a penalty in the 28th minute when Michael Doyle was brought down in the box, the referee, however, waved play on.
Port Melbourne had a penalty shout of their own in the 54th minute when Doyle made a last ditch tackle to deny Andrew Milicevic. The referee judged that Knights’ right-back won the ball first before collecting Milicevic.
While the second half was a more even affair, Knights, it could be argued, still held the upper hand and created more chances which threatened to break the deadlock.
Andrjasevic’s well-placed header did just that and Knights were able to see out the contest.
Michael O’Farrell was once again in between the sticks while Chris May serves his suspension from the FFA Cup match in Brisbane and while he wasn’t challenged too often, provided safe hands when called up.
The win sees Knights climb above Pascoe Vale into eighth place on the National Premier League Victoria table.
Knights’s next game is on Sunday, 17 August against Green Gully. Kick off at Knights Stadium is at 3pm.