Melbourne Knights defeated Dandenong Thunder 4-1 at George Andrews Reserve on Saturday night, to continue the club’s good run of form.
Three goals in the first 21 minutes by Stipo Andrjasevic, Daniel Visevic and Ivan Grgic sent Knights comfortably ahead, while Michael Doyle’s headed finish put the result beyond doubt in the second half.
In the absence of captain Ben Surey and deputy vice-captain Tomislav Uskok, Marijan Cvitkovic returned for his first start since recovering from a foot injury – and took the armband. The midfielder was impressive, playing out the full 90 minutes.
Knights came out of the blocks strongly and it didn’t take long for the first goal to hit the back of the net.
In the 13th minute, Visevic played a nice ball through for Andrijasevic to run onto. The striker controlled the ball, shimmied to left of a defender, allowing him the space to shoot past Dandenong ‘keeper Zaim Zeneli.
Two minutes later, Jordan O’Doherty was fouled in the penalty area, winning a spot kick which Daniel Visevic stepped up and buried in the net.
Knights had all the momentum, and made Dandenong’s task even harder in the 21st minute by adding a third goal. Dandenong defender Rama Tavsangioglu fouled winger Shayan Alinejad on the left, withing crossing range. Visevic’s well-weighted delivery found Ivan Grgic, who headed into the net for his 4th goal of the NPL season.
Dandenong rarely threatened in the first half and the Knights were able to comfortable hold the 3-0 lead into half time.
The home side made life difficult for Knights after half time, coming out strongly and putting the visitors on the back foot. Jarryd Barnes then found the back of the net in the 50th minute to give Dandenong some hope of a comeback.
Alan Kearney rifled a shot just wide from the edge of the area in the 59th minute and looked like Dandenong was only minutes away from getting right back into the contest.
Michael Doyle’s headed effort in the 65st minute killed the hosts momentum and put the result beyond doubt. The mid-season signing from Adelaide got on the end of Visevic’s corner to make it 4-1.
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Melbourne Knights’ next game is against Bentleigh Greens in the semi-final of the Dockerty Cup. Kick off at Port Melbourne’s JL Murphy Reserve is at 7:30pm.