Melbourne Knights have recorded their biggest win of the season so far with a 5-1 demolition of Werribee City at Knights Stadium on Sunday.
Following a quiet opening 20 minutes with chances scarce for both sides, Marijan Cvitkovic was allowed time and space in the area after receiving a pass forward from Chris Talajic. Cvitkovic turned and sent a left-foot strike just inside the near post to open the scoring.
It was 2-0 on 34 minutes when Werribee failed to deal with a corner kick. Talajic was again the provider, sending the ball back across the area where Ivan Grgic put a low volley past the goal line despite David Thomson’s best efforts to keep it out.
The Knights had a comfortable lead at half time without Werribee registering a shot on target, and it got better for the home side shortly after the restart.
Talajic got in behind down the right and delivered another quality ball to the back post where Robbie Zadworny pounced to score his first goal for the Knights and put the game out of reach.
Stipo Andrijasevic hit a clean strike straight at Thomson in the 66th minute before James McGarry’s strike whistled just wide of the target.
But substitute Rodrigo Covarrubias made it 4-0 with 20 minutes remaining.
Picking up the ball near the centre circle, the forward dribbled into the area, putting it onto his left foot and cracking it back across Thomson for his first goal since returning from injury.
Werribee pulled one back in the 82nd minute as a lapse in concentration allowed Dean Tomeski the chance to squeeze a shot past Chris May, who otherwise had little work to do.
But the four-goal margin was re-established in stoppage time when McGarry brought down Andrijasevic’s perfectly lofted through ball with one touch before sweeping it into the bottom corner with a tidy finish.