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Kingston Upset Knights to Claim First Win of The Season

Kingston City claimed their first win of the season, upsetting the Melbourne Knights 2-0 at Knights Stadium on Friday night.

Andrew Marth made just one change from the side that defeated Benleigh last week, with Nikola Jurkovic replacing the injured Jake Barker-Daish.

Elvis Kamsoba continued his rich run of form, and immediately caused headaches for the visitors drawing an early yellow card from Yalaz. A quick touch from Kamsoba in the 7th minute looked to have fallen perfectly for Harris in front of goal, with Kennedy quick to nullify the danger.

Kingston came close to opening the scoring with their first opportunity in the 11th minute, when Muad Zwed’s strike from outside the area hit the top of the crossbar.

In the 16th minute Kym Harris forced a good save down low from Kennedy, when his shot from out site the box was pushed out for a corner.

Despite early possession and attacking pressure, the visitors continued to look dangerous on the counter and set pieces. A Velibor Mitrovic free kick from the edge of the area only narrowly flew over Cakarun’s crossbar.

The visitors were again indebted to their goalkeeper, as a low driving strike from Kamsoba looked destined for the bottom corner only for Kennedy to parry wide and keeping the visitors level going into the half time break.

Melbourne Knights created the first chance of note early in the second half, with a Kamsoba run down the right wing finding Dixon, who could only direct his effort over the bar.

However it would be the visitors who would ultimately take the lead. Muad Zwed’s run into the box was halted illegally by Surey, with Velibor Mitrovic converting the resulting spot kick.

Just minutes later Kingston City could have doubled their lead, as a fortuitous deflection fell into the path of Zwed clean through on goal only to scuff his shot well wide.

The home side would win a penalty of their own in the 61st minute when Kamsoba was brought down, however Jason Hicks who had already converted two penalties this season struck his effort off the upright.

Kamsoba continued to be the main attacking source for the Knights latching onto a through ball in the 72nd minute, but could only slide his effort wide of the upright.

The visitors continued to make the most of their chances with substitute Slaven Vranesevic hitting home a long range free kick in the 75th minute, doubling the advantage for Kingston City.

City would hold onto their advantage to claim their first win of the season, leaving the Knights with a 10 day break to re-discover some form before facing Bulleen Lions.

Match Stats:
Shots: MK 11 KC 12
Target: MK 4 KC 5
Corners: MK 1 KC 3

Melbourne Knights: 20.Hrovje Cakarun, 4.Ben SUREY, 5.Damien MISKULIN (14.Caleb MIKULIC 71’) 9.Kym HARRIS (7.Robert ZADWORNY 79’), 11.Nikola JURKOVIC, 13.Tom CAHILL, 15.Danny DIXON, 16.Jason HICKS, 18.Joshua BREKALO, 23.Timmy PURCELL, 27.Elvis Kamsoba.

Not Used: 30. Gabriel MATTI, 3.Tomislav FADELJEVIC,, 12.Anthony DEZIC.

Kingston City: 1.Kile KENNEDY, 3.Hamish MILLAR, 5.Faisal SAKHIZADA, 6.Nathan TIDMARSH, 7.Chris IRWIN, 10.Velibor MITROVIC (20.Rowan MCNAMEE 90’), 12.Muad ZWED (11.Stelios KONSTANTINIDIS 71’), 14.Damian IACONIS, 16.Nicholas STAMATIOU, 19.Ryan LOVE, 21.Erhan YALAZ (8.Slaven VRANESEVIC 75’),

Not Used: 4.Simo JOVANOVIC, 13. Dilan MERY.

Goals: Velibor MITROVIC 56’, Slaven VRANESEVIC 75’

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