Melbourne Knights hopes of avoiding a potential spot in the final three places on the PS4 NPL Victoria table took another blow last night, suffering a 5-0 loss to FC Bulleen Lions.
A staggering five goals came within nine minutes in a second-half spell that left Somers Street silent.
Shaun Timmins and Kamal Ibrahim were added to the starting line-up by head coach Eric Vassiliadis, who continues to look for his first three points in a Knights shirt. Timmins was deemed fit enough to play following a late fitness test, replacing youngster Luke Jurcic who was unlucky to miss out. Tim Purcell was allocated a starting spot in the U20s.
Despite the end score, the Knights had their chances early on. First through Elvis Kamsoba, who conspired with Anthony Duzel to break forward. The midfielder’s shot lacking any real conviction at the end of that move. Kamsoba and new signing Kamal Ibrahim continued to test Bulleen through the opening period, often switching positions on the opposite wings in a bid to get in behind the visitors tight defence.
The positive efforts in the first half were undone shortly after the re-start. Bulleen struck in the 50 minute through Oliver white, who was then instrumental in setting up a quick second, this time for Jordan Templin only four minutes after.
In their next foray forward they would earn a penalty and see it dispatched by Lewis Hawke, who earned the spot-kick himself.
Two more goals would follow through White and Hawk again, who both bagged braces for the Lions in a rampant 9 minute spell.
Fraser Chalmers upright would save further humiliation as Bulleen came again, and again, to threaten to add more in the latter stages of a second half which left the Knights demoralised.
A final whistle brought boo’s from the faithful that braved the chilly conditions at Knights Stadium, a venue that’s proving to be an issue for points this season. The loss leaves the Knights without a win since their game against Hume City, and more importantly, agonisingly close to the very real potential of facing off for the third-bottom relegation play-off battle.