The Melbourne Knights have recorded their first home win of the season with a crushing 4-0 victory over Port Melbourne Sharks at Knights Stadium.
All 3 points were sealed in a devastating opening 20 minute spell where the homeside cruised to an early 3-0 lead. Star of the season Elvis Kamsoba continued his rich vein of form with another standout performance, delivering a brace to take his season tally to 4 goals.
Kamsoba would opened the scoring for the Knights in the 5th minute, latching on to a loose ball following a rebound from Danny Dixon’s attempt on goal. Kamsoba had little trouble smashing the ball home from close range.
Jason Hicks doubled the lead in the 12th minute. Kym Harris doing well to hold off his marker, laying the ball off to Hicks just inside the penalty area as he placed the ball into the back of the net.
Minutes later, a penetrating run from Tim Purcell led to the third goal. Purcell picked out Tom Cahill on the edge of box, with the striker side-footing his effort just out of the reach of diving Port keeper Brendan White.
Increased pressure from the Knights continued soon after, with Kamsoba almost increasing the lead even further. The winger won the ball in the Knights half and then went on an incredible solo run at goal, beating the Port defence before sending the ball into the side netting.
With half time closing in, captain Ben Surey came agonisingly close to making it 4-0 for the Knights, his header connecting to a pinpoint ball from a Hicks free kick, sending it crashing against the post.
The second half proved to be a much more subdued affair, with neither side really creating many chances. The Knights were clearly happy to hold onto the lead and ride out the rest of match comfortably, while a shell-shocked Port Melbourne had all but given up.
There was however some spark of life in the second half with the 4th and final goal of the match coming in the 67th minute. Dixon’s long range effort forced a diving save from White who unfortunately failed to nullify the danger. Being in the right place in the right time again, Kamsoba slotted his second of the match.
Post match Elvis Kasomba spoke to Knights Media about the result.
“You couldn’t ask for much more than that. As a team we worked hard and we definitely deserved it in the end.”
“Tonight was the real Melbourne Knights. Previously we’ve struggled a bit to take our chances which led to us dropping our heads. From the first minute of tonight we just took those chances and we kept on going from there.”
On his own form:
“Hopefully there will be more goals to come from me. Last year at my previous club I had an up and down season. This year I’m free of injury and I’m just feeling very confident at the moment.”
The next match for the Knights will be this coming Friday against Avondale FC at Knights Stadium. Kick-off is at 8.30pm
Melbourne Knights: 20.Hrovje CAKARUN, 4.Ben SUREY, 6.Milan BATUR (5.Damien MISKULIN 74?), 9.Kym HARRIS (10.Marijan CVITKOVIC 72?), 12.Anthony DEZIC, 13.Tom CAHILL, 15.Danny DIXON (7.Robert ZADWORNY 78?), 16.Jason HICKS, 18.Joshua BREKALO, 23.Timmy PURCELL, 27.Elvis KAMSOBA.
Not Used: 1.Fraser CHALMERS, 2.Luke JURCIC.
Goals: Elvis Kamsoba 5′ 67′, Jason Hicks 12′, Tom CAHILL 21′
Port Melbourne: 1.Brendan WHITE, 15.Kobbie BOAHENE, 7.Christopher CRISTALDO, 21.Andreas GOVAS, 4.James Karvelis, 9.Olesky KHRAPKO (18.Calvin MBARGA 59′), 3.Jordan LAMPARD, 5.Michael MCGOWAN, 8.Bonel OBRADOVIC, 10. Francesco STELLA (6.Fraser HILLS 62′).