Melbourne Knights held off a late charge from the Bulleen Lions to claim their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory at the Veneto Club on Monday night.
Andrew Marth made just one change to his side, with Anthony Dezic returning to the starting eleven to replace the injured Nikola Jurkovic in midfield.
The Knights began the match on the front foot, with wingers Danny Dixon and Elvis Kamsoba causing early problems for the home side.
Kamsoba earned the Knights a free-kick following a marauding run, with Kym Harris drawing a good save from Wyatt Chant to deny the Knights a lead in the 27th minute.
However from the resulting Jason Hicks corner, Bulleen defender Eli Luttmer deflected the ball into his own net leaving Chant will little chance and giving the Knights a deserved lead.
Kamsoba came close shortly after, shooting narrowly wide of the left upright in the 35th minute as the Knights looked to double their advantage.
The visitors did double their lead minutes before the main interval, as Tom Cahill headed home from close range following a cross from Tim Purcell on the right.
Just 6 minutes into the second half, the Knights looked to have killed off the contest with a third goal. Danny Dixon cut in from the right flank and unleashed a thunderous left foot drive into the bottom corner leaving Chant flat-footed.
A revitalised Bulleen worked their way back into the contest in the 70th minute. Oliver White latched onto a through ball to power his effort past Cakarun in goal.
An error in defence for Knights was punished in the 82nd minute, as McKenna headed home to give the travelling support an unnerving end to the match.
The match was marred in controversy in the final moments, as the home side opted not to return possession back the Knights following a medical treatment.
A late penalty shout for the home side was denied, before Kamsoba could have put the game to bed with a late opportunity saved by Chant.
The Knights would ultimately hold off the late charging Lions to claim their second win of the season, and move the club to just outside the top six by virtue of goal difference.
Post Match Anthony Dezic spoke to Knights Media about the victory;
“Its obviously good to get the win, especially after last week. The first 70 minutes I thought we out-played them thoroughly. They got a goal to put us back under pressure but we held on to get a good win.”
On his role within the team:
“I’m more used to the midfield role as I’ve played there most my career, but I’m happy to play where ever Stabba needs me to. I just want to do my job to help the team.”
And the upcoming FFA Cup game against Geelong SC.
“I haven’t seen them play before, however we won’t underestimate them. I know they took Green Gully to penalties last season so we know we will need to bring our A-game”.
The Knights are on the road this weekend as they face off against State League 1 outfit Geelong SC for a place in 5th round of the FFA Cup preliminary round. Date and Times will be confirmed in the coming days.
Melbourne Knights: 20.Hrovje CAKARUN, 4.Ben SUREY, 5.Damien MISKULIN, 9.Kym HARRIS (14.Caleb MIKULIC 79’), 12.Anthony DEZIC, 13.Tom CAHILL, 15.Danny DIXON (7.Robert ZADWORNY 94′), 16.Jason HICKS, 18.Joshua BREKALO, 23.Timmy PURCELL, 27.Elvis Kamsoba.
Not Used: 30. Gabriel MATTI, 3.Tomislav FADELJEVIC, 10.Marijan CVITKOVIC.
Goals: Eli LUTTMER (OG) 28′, Tom CAHILL 40′, Danny DIXON 51′.
Bulleen Lions: 25.Whyatt CHANT, 2.Eli LUTTMER, 5.Chris ROSS, 6.Daniel CADAMONE, 7.Luke GALLO, 9.Oliver WHITE, 10.Bardhi HYSOLI (8.Tom NEILSON 58′), 11.Christian MCKENNA, 15.Jordan TEMPLIN (3.Will ABBOTT 82′), 20.Andrew MULLETT, 22.Brad CLARKE.
Not Used: 1.Alendo DeLorso, 14.Dylan BRESOLIN, 18.Nicholas VOULGARIS.
Goals: Oliver WHITE 70′, Christian MCKENNA 82′.