Knights take a point from Shepparton trip

Melbourne Knights and Goulburn Valley played out a 1-1 draw in the Round 19 National Premier League Victoria match at McEwen Reserve on Saturday night.


Antun Kovacic opened the scoring in the 30th minute. A floated corner ended at the feet of the defender, who poked the ball on target and into the net.


Tom Langman, a second half substitute, equalised in the 70th minute for the home side. Blasting a shot on target from inside the box, a deflection sent goal keeper Chris May the wrong way.


Cold, foggy conditions meant the game started at a slow tempo. The first chance of the game didn’t eventuate until the 14th minute, when Stipo Andrijasevic fired a shot from distance off target.


Knights had the better of the chances throughout the contest, but poor finishing let Goulburn Valley off the hook on a number of occasions.


That being said, the Suns fashioned some decent chances of their own, and thought they’d taken the lead in the 76th when the ball found the net. The assistant, however, had is flag raised for offside, ruling out the goal.


For Knights, Jordan O’Doherty had a golden chance in the 29th minute when a long throw by Michael Doyle somehow found its way to the youngster at the six-yard line, however, he blazed his shot over the bar.


Just two minutes later, O’Doherty again could have, and should have scored when Alinejad cut the ball back from the byline and found the number 11 in a good position. Unfortunately for Knights, O’Doherty couldn’t put it in the net.


Daniel Visevic rifled a shot onto the crossbar from the right side of the box, 60 seconds after Kovacic’s opener in the 38th minute.


After dominating play towards the end of the half, Knights could only manage to carry a 1-0 lead into the break.


The second half was a much more even contest and both sides had chances to take the points.


O’Doherty and Kovacic had opportunities at the far post to head home in the 66th and 85th minutes respectively, but couldn’t trouble Suns keeper Phillip Petrovski.


In the dying seconds of the game, Andrijasevic spurned a golden opportunity. One-on-one with Petrovski and on the edge of the area, the striker failed to put the ball on target.


Knights next game is against Brisbane’s Olympic FC in the FFA Cup Round of 32. Kick off at Goodwin Park is at 7:30pm.


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