PREVIEW: Kingston v. Knights

Melbourne Knights will make the long trek south to face Kingston City at the Grange Reserve on Monday night, with the club desperate to return to the winners list having fallen back into the relegation zone.

The Knights woes continued last week, throwing away an opportunity to take points off league leaders Bentleigh Greens, suffering another last minute goal.

It’s been a busy week for the club with Eric Vassiliadis injecting some fresh faces into the squad.

In a move to bolster the defense the Knights have brought in experienced NPL campaigner Shaun Timmins, young talent Nick Apostolopoulos & French import Mehdi Martin.

Former Gold Medallist Kamal Ibrahim joins from Avondale FC in an urgent attempt to instil some added flair in the final third

The departures of Damien Miskulin and Patrick Gerhardt free up places for starting debuts for the new signings, with the fixture against 9th placed Kingston City shaping up as a pivotal 6 pointer.

Kingston currently are 2 points ahead of the Knights with a game in hand, and anything but a win for Vassiliadis’ men could potentially leave the gap too large to close down.

Kingston have proven to be a very difficult side to play against this season, with the Knights having first hand exposure to this in a 2-0 loss at home earlier in the season. Pacey forward Damien Iaconis has already notched up 9 goals in his first season in the top flight and has been well supported by Mitrovic with 5 goals.

Match Facts:
Who: Kingston City v MELBOURNE KNIGHTS
Where: Grange Reserve.
When: Monday 12th June; 8:15pm
Last Meeting: Melbourne Knights 0-2 Kingston City

Melbourne Knights 2017 Season:
Ladder Position: 12th
Goals: 20 (1.25 per game).
Conceded 26 (1.62 per game).

@ Away
8 Games – 2 Win, 2 Draw, 4 Loss.
Goals: 10 (1.25 per game)
Conceded: 14 (1.75 per game)

Knights Goal scorers: Hicks 6, Cahill 6, Kamsoba 5, Dixon 1, Cvitkovic 1, Mikulic 1.

Kingston City 2017 Season:
Ladder Position: 9th
Goals: 25 (1.66 per game).
Conceded 24 (1.60 per game).

@ Home
9 Games – 2 Win, 4 Draw, 3 Loss.
Goals: 15 (1.66 per game)
Conceded: 15 (1.66 per game)

Kingston Goal Scorers: Iaconis 9, Mitrovic 5, Irwin 3, McIlroy 2, Zwed 2, Yalaz 1, Vranesevic 1, Konstantinidis 1, Jovanovic 1.

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