RUNAWAY BAY | 7.4.22 | Mark Majdandzic
The Gold Coast Knights have kicked off their 2022 Australia Cup campaign with a victory against Runaway Bay 4-0 last night away from home.
Having drawn the FQPL 3 South Coast side in the Round 4 clash, the Knights put on a professional performance to advance through with a double to Kristian Brymora and single goals to Tyson Martin and Pasquale De Vita finishing the job at hand.
As expected, the Bayhawks put up a strong performance despite the challenges that were thrown their way, holding strong defensively and limiting the damage done by the Knights forward line in the opening exchanges.
Knights Head Coach Scott McDonald gave season start debuts to four players on the night who all came in hoping to continue the form in the first three league matches from the entire squad.
It took Knights 12 minutes to break the deadlock as a deflected strike from Pasquale De Vita bounced right in the path of Tyson Martin who steered the ball past Caset Went in the Runaway Bay goal to go one goal up.
The remainder of the first half saw chances fall the way of the Knights who were unable to convert on those opportunities as the score stayed 1-0 at halftime.
A double substitution at half-time followed by another double substitution a quarter of an hour after brought on the likes of Mitch Nichols and Kristian Brymora who immediately got to work.
Brymora’s first touch of the game saw him double the advantage off a Nik Mirkovic through ball on the hour mark to continue his scoring streak for the red, white and blue.
The moment of the match came with 15 minutes to play in the tie as Pasquale De Vita’s classy long-range strike found the top corner to put the game to bed in what is set to be a goal of the season contender.
Brymora was not done on the night however winning the ball back in extra time and going himself, netting his second of the match putting the finishing touches on a solid performane all round.
Knights Head Coach Scott McDonald said that getting the job done was important and he was happy with progression.
“It was always going to be tough to come out here considering the conditions but it is job done with bigger things to think about moving forward,” said McDonald.
“Our standards weren’t that high tonight and I was disappointed at half time. I would have liked a few more boys on the scoresheet but the focus now turns to Sunday.”
The win sees the Knights set to take on fellow NPL side Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park in Round 5 action after their big win against Surfers Paradise Apollo on Tuesday night.
The Knights now look towards the NPL clash against Sunshine Coast Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. Kick off is scheduled for 4:15pm.
Mecca Bah Man of the Match: Daniel Dragicevic
Knights Squad: #1 Langdon, #3 Mirkovic, #4 Martin (#9 Muratovic 60’), #6 Da Silva (#17 Peck 45’), #7 De Vita #10 Brown (#16 Nichols 58’), #12 Dragicevic, #15 Tipaldo (#14 Brymora 58’), #19 Stautner, #22 Sztopka, #23 Schmidt (#18 Beckwith)