Melbourne Knights has defeated State League One side Mornington SC 2-1 after extra time to progress in the Dockerty Cup.
Tomislav Uskok opened the scoring in the 14th minute, driving a well-struck shot past Mornington goalkeeper Christian Morales and into the net.
Mornington equalised in the 69th minute through Simon Mur. The striker received the ball at the near post and managed to squeeze the ball through Chris May’s legs to level the scoreline.
Shayan Alinejad restored the Knights lead in the third minute of the first half of extra time, receiving the ball from Ben Surey, running into the box and cooly finishing past Morales.
The Knights dominated in the first half, creating chance after chance but apart from Uskok’s 14th minute goal, couldn’t put the ball in the net. Daniel Visevic had a great effort saved in the fourth minute by Morales – turning and volleying on target, Mornington’s keeper kept the ball out at full stretch.
Knights pushed hard to double the lead, and had a number of corners as a result of the pressure but couldn’t fashion a clearcut opportunity.
The referee ended the half with Knights leading 1-0.
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The second half was a different story as Mornington worked its way back into the contest. Playing on the break, the visitors managed to catch Knights off guard with quick counter attacks on numerous occasions.
Anthony Colosimo fashioned a chance in the 52nd minute, finding Milan Batur with a pinpoint cross but the defender, who was playing as a striker, headed it straight at Morales.
Mur had a golden chance for Mornington just three minutes after his equaliser. In behind the defence and one-on-one with May, the striker’s touch was heavy and carried the ball into the goalkeeper’s hands.
May stepped up with an important save earlier in the half under similar circumstances, denying Paczkowski in the 48th minute with a reflex save.
With the scores locked at 1-1, extra time was required to find a result and it didn’t take long for Knights to take the lead again.
Alinejad’s well-taken goal in the 93rd minute put the pressure back on the visitors and, while Simon Park fired off a shot which rattled the crossbar with four minutes to go, the Knights were able to see out the game until the end of the contest.
Knights next game is against Heidelberg at Olympic Village on Sunday, May 18. Kick off is at 6pm.