CARRARA | 26.4.22 | Mark Majdandzic
The Gold Coast Knights have fallen to back to back losses after a 1-0 defeat to Eastern Suburbs at the Croatian Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Some late withdrawals due to injury saw a reshuffled XI for the match against Easts and it was the visitors who looked up for it from minute one, causing issues for the Knights defence and putting them under pressure on the counter attack.
Chances fell to the away side on regular occurrences throughout the opening exchanges, with Knights keeper Josh Langdon called into action on multiple occasions to keep the scores level.
A header steered onto the post and mild flashes across the box were the only real chances for the home side in the opening half of action but could not be capitalised on to any real extent.
Right before the halfway point of the match another breakaway saw Langdon forced to take down the Easts forward resulting in a penalty awarded.
However, Langdon turned from villain to hero with a fantastic save to keep the red, white and blue level entering the half time break.
The second half started with much more positivity by the home side with a deluge of half chances coming their way in the opening exchanges.
A dominant half of possession and opportunities were not enough for the Knights however, as Langdon was once again required to take down a Easts forward on the midway point of the half as Alexander Simmons converted to give his side the lead.
It was another frustrating evening for the Knights in front of goal with multiple late opportunities falling their way, denied by the crossbar, keeper saves and their own players blocking equalisers as the visitors took a huge three points away from the Croatian Sports Centre.
Knights Head Coach Scott McDonald said that the loss was very upsetting.
“We didn’t the start the game well and we didn’t start the game well at all. Josh (Langdon) kept us in the game through the first half for sure,” said McDonald.
“We need to keep belief high and keep on going. We can’t keep saying the same thing each week and we need to convert our chances as well as improving on the defensive end.”
The Knights now face a short turn around as they take on Brisbane Roar Youth at Underwood Park on Friday evening. Kick off is scheduled for 6:30pm.
Knights Squad: #1 Langdon, #2 Walker, #4 Martin, #5 Ludwik, #6 Da Silva, #9 Muratovic (#13 McDonald 64′), #10 Brown, #14 Brymora, #15 Tipaldo, #17 Peck (#19 Stautner 75′), #18 Beckwith (#3 Mirkovic 45′). SUBS: #22 Dixon, #23 Schmidt
Easts Squad: Damsma, Bird, Gorry, Cunha, Barnett, Debele, Son, Klaassen, Booth, Saunders, Simmons, Dimitroff, Can’t, Fiechtner, Nagy, Yango.