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Knights Slay Warriors

Melbourne Knights have taken all three points from Elcho Park against North Geelong.

An early Elvis Kamsoba goal set the pace for the Knights, who found their stride against the already-relegated Warriors.

Forward exploits were but a rarity for Micky Colina’s men, as Kym Harris netted the first of his brace in the twentieth minute.

Twenty five minutes had elapsed and the Knights found themselves with a new dose of confidence after being the team ahead in the opening stages of the match, a confidence that would continue throughout the first half.

Danny Dixon and Kamsoba again tested North Geelong’s back four, before the penalty that saw Harris notch up a brace. The striker making no mistake from the spot, calmly slotting his effort into the bottom-left corner and sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Only half-time would bring respite for the Warriors, who trailed 3-0 with no response to a rampant first half showing from the Knights.

Yet it would be the home side themselves that began the second period the strongest, earning a penalty of their own just ten minutes after the re-start.

Fraser Chalmers would step up and save the penalty, with his second efforts enough to force the followed up shot to fly wide of his post and out for a goal kick.

Following the missed spot-kick, North would build in stature and apply pressure that would draw its just rewards, as they converted from a scramble in the box following a set piece.

The latter stages of the game saw the Warriors push forward in familiar, unnerving moments for Knights fans, before Marijan Cvitkovic would add another goal to his Knights tally.

Cvitkovic, brought on as a late substitute for Danny Dixon, would punish the Warriors following some nifty build-up play by Elvis Kamsoba. In typical fashion, the Knights number ten found himself in the right place at the right time to turn home the fourth goal of the match.

That would be the last major move of the game, as the heavens opened and winds through Lara, making for a scrappy last few minutes.

Ben Sureys side will take confidence from a game in which chances were taken, and points were well earned against a bruised Warriors outfit.

A second Croatian derby follows in consecutive weeks, next week, against St Albans Saints on Sunday, at Knights Stadium. Kick-off at 3PM.

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