Melbourne Knights have triumphed over Dandenong Thunder 2-1 on Saturday night at George Andrews Reserve.
The Knights took the lead on the half hour mark courtesy of James McGarry, who met Robbie Zadworny’s curling cross with a perfectly timed header to open the scoring.
Things got better again for Andrew Marth’s side one minute before half time. Zadworny and Stipo Andrijasevic exchanged a silky one-two, with the latter forcing a save from Zeneli and causing a moment of chaos in the Thunder box, during which the referee pointed to the spot for handball.
Andrijasevic stepped up to double his team’s lead on the stroke of half time, scoring his second in two games despite Zeneli getting a hand to the ball.
The Thunder found a lifeline just five minutes into the second half in spectacular fashion.
Brodie Paterson picked up the ball just ahead of the centre circle and swept a huge looping drive over a scrambling May who couldn’t get back in time to keep out the effort.
It was an action-packed night from the very beginning, as a bright run from Yusuf Ahmed set up James Goulopoulos, whose cheeky chip landed just above the crossbar onto the roof of the net.
Tomsilav Uskok nearly opened the scoring at the other end after five minutes, as his header from a corner was well saved by an outstretched Zaim Zeneli.
On ten minutes Ahmed again provided a chance for Goulopoulos with a smart cut-back, and the forward should have done better from ten yards out, scuffing his shot towards Chris May.
Ahmed looked dangerous down the wing and his speed got him in behind in the 27th minute, but he poked his shot wide of the post.
In the 54th minute Ahmed found himself through on May with a chance to equalise, but the Knights keeper made a strong save to keep it at 2-1.
Despite continuing to throw numbers forward, Stuart Munro’s side couldn’t create anymore clear chances as the Knights held on at the back to make it two consecutive wins.