Knights Win Third Straight to Start 2022

CARRARA | 03.4.22 | Mark Majdandzic

Gold Coast Knights returned home in style rounding out 3-1 victors over Brisbane City in Round 5 NPL Queensland action.

Having last played competitively at home in the FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Melbourne Victory, a healthy crowd was on show to see the red, white and blue win their third straight league match to kick off the 2022 season with goals to Pasquale De Vita, Mirza Muratovic and Will Peck getting the job done.

The Knights held large parts of the ball in the opening half but it was City who first broke the deadlock as Koji Kate got on the end of a ball that popped straight to him to fire the Azzurri ahead just before the quarter of an hour mark.

Just past the midway point in the half a Pasquale De Vita volley was parried away with the arm from City’s Sibatuara with the referee having no hesitation pointing to the spot. It was De Vita who stepped up to the plate and calmly slotted the ball past Dragicevic in goal to bring Knights back on level terms heading into the break.

The second half saw City hold the ball more than the opening exchanges however the Knights once again broke through as Mirza Muratovic guided the ball into the back of the net on the 56th minute to give the Knights a lead.

Chances fell both ways throughout the second period but it was Knights once again sealing the deal through a perfectly weighted ball by Nik Mirkovic steered home by defender Will Peck.

Josh Langdon was called into action one last time to avoid any nervous moments in the latter stages with a tremendous tip save onto the post before seeing the ball into his waiting arms.

The win sees Knights continue their perfect record to begin the 2022 campaign and leapfrog Olympic FC to top of the table on goals scored.

Knights coach Scott McDonald said that he was pleased to keep the run going to start the season.

“It was a game of two different shapes and a bit of chess between the two teams. I felt at times with the quality of players in the front third we can hurt anyone this season,” said McDonald.

“Chances fell on either end and it could have ended up 7-4 but I am pleased with character again after going down 1-0 to come back and get the job done.”

A packed crowd was on show for the match and McDonald said it is a collective effort that he wants to see from the fans and supporters.

“We have a new motto this year to bring everyone along for the ride so it was great to see everyone in the stands. We want to get as many people down and along for the ride this season.”

Having transferred from Brisbane City in the off-season, defender Tyson Martin said it was great to be back at home playing in front of the fans.

“It was awesome to be back home playing in front of our fans considering all the situations we have dealt with in the last few weeks. We have come from behind this season before and showed the fight we have as a squad to get ourselves back into the game,” said Martin.

“Once we got in the game I thought we were dominant and the class in the front third showed in the end once the game opened up a bit more.”

The Knights now turn their attention to a midweek Australia Cup fixture against local FQPL 3 South Coast side Runaway Bay at Runaway Bay on Wednesday night. Kick off is scheduled for 7pm.

FT: Knights 3 (De Vita 26′, Muratovic 56′, Peck 75′) def. Brisbane City 1 (Kato 13′)

Mecca Bah Man of the Match: Will Peck

Knights Squad: #1 Langdon, #3 Mirkovic, #4 Martin, #6 De Silva, #7 Da Vita (#15 Tipaldo 67′), #9 Muratovic (#19 Stautner 83′), #10 Brown, #14 Brymora (#24 Sztopka 87′), #16 Nichols, #17 Peck, #18 Beckwith. SUBS: Dragicevic, Atwal

City Squad: #1 Dragicevic, #2 Smith, #3 Simple, #5 Jones, #6 Halliday, #7 Hills, #8 Hofmann, #10 Sibatuara, #15 Bolton, #18 Kate, #19 Hirayama, #9 Reeves, #16 Plummer, #17 Morseray, #20 Stent, #23 Antonis