Despite a second half comeback, the Melbourne Knights suffered a 3-2 defeat to Heidelberg United on the road.
Starting XI: Thomas Manos (GK/C), Jack Morton, Jack Marth, Ayden Brice, Trevor Ssemakula, Thiery Iradukunda, Luka Celic, Anthony Duzel, Gian Albano, George Ott, Mohamed Sumaoro
Substitutes: Harry Cakarun (GK), Joseph Colina, Andy Robertson, Luka Kolic, Steve Sokol
The home side got off to the best of starts, as Kane Sheppard scored his 12th goal of the season. In just the fourth minute the Knights already faced a deficit, but it was only early days.
15 minutes later, the Knights drew level through Celic. He doubled his season tally with a top-tier finish into the top right corner, firing the Knights level. Suddenly, the game was back on our terms with plenty of time left on the clock.
Inching toward the half-hour mark, Heidelberg experienced a surge of momentum, resulting in two quickfire goals. In the 28th minute, Adrian Zahra gave the home side the lead for the second time. Merely two minutes after, Sean Ellis extended the lead to make it 3-1 – which was the score at the half.
The Knights began their comeback in the second half. Beginning with Gian Albano, scoring once again to bring the Knights closer to their opponents. One-on-one with the keeper, Albano made no mistake to score his ninth goal of the campaign.
A late barrage of Knights football ensued; however, the chances did not fall into our favour. Perhaps unlucky not to draw level, by the end of 90 minutes, Heidelberg left the Knights going home with no points.
The Knights now sit seven points from the top six, a tall ask in order to reach the finals in eight weeks’ time.
Next week the Knights take on the St. Albans Saints at home, a winnable match. The Saints sit one point behind the Knights on the table, so all is on the line.