The Melbourne Knights have thrown a spanner in the works regarding the finals picture, defeating Green Gully 2-0.
Starting XI: Thomas Manos (GK), Dylan Murnane, Taylor Schrijvers, Ayden Brice (C), Jack Marth, Luka Kolic, Thiery Iradukunda, Anthony Duzel, Gian Albano, George Ott, Mohamad Sumaoro
Substitutes: Harry Cakarun (GK), Joseph Colina, Justin Micallef, Trevor Ssemakula, Jack Morton, Steve Sokol
After referees postponed the reserves match due to the rain, a cloud was hanging over the senior mens match, given the outcome of the previously scheduled fixture. As the rain subsided, referee Ross Clark blew his whistle and the match was underway with some gusto. An exciting end-to-end encounter began to unfold from the beginning as Green Gully were hoping to secure another win to lock in their top four chances.
The Knights were the ones the draw first blood, opening the scoring in the 39th minute. Dylan Murnane finally had his first in Knights’ colours, flicking the oncoming delivery from Anthony Duzel, into the back of the net, showing just how dangerous he is when attacking from his natural full-back position.
With the advantage in their pockets, the Knights appeared to want more. Before the second half was finished the Knights dealt another blow to Gully. Following a defensive turnover from Green Gully, some lovely interplay from Gian Albano and George Ott saw the Knights double their lead. Albano played a sweet one-two with Ott allowing him to slide the ball into the bottom corner. Albano now has the equal-fourth most goals in the league this season with 12.
At the half the Knights had a two-goal surplus and had no intention of letting it slip easily. A huge second half ensued as Green Gully still had plenty to play for. The Knights’ second half approach was apparent by the end of the match – to make sure all three points stay on home soil. After some expert saving from Tom Manos, the Knights were able to keep Gully at bay for the remaining 45 and secure the win, bringing a positive note to the end of the season.
The postponed U21s match will be played tonight (Tuesday nights) at 7pm. Next week, the Knights remain at home when they welcome the Altona Magic to Somers Street, in their final home game of the season.