Late Goals Seal Win for Knights at Capalaba

CAPALABA | 27.3.22 | Mark Majdandzic

It took 85 minutes to break the deadlock but nevertheless the Knights continue their perfect start to the 2022 NPL QLD season with a 2-0 victory over Capalaba FC away from home.

After a fixture swap due to unplayable field conditions at the Croatian Sports Centre, the Knights held majority of the ball throughout the entire 90 minutes and eventually got the job done in what will be a tricky fixture for most teams to navigate.

Knights made two changes to the team that started against Lions FC in last weekend’s victory with Austin Ludwik and Matthew Schmidt unavailable for selection being replaced by Will Peck and Luke Beckwith respectively.

The game started positively for the Knights with a few chances created with some swift play in the final third resulting in opportunities that flashed wide and over the post throughout the first half. 

Holding plenty of possession, the Knights were unable to trouble Capalaba keeper Tomi Mesaric throughout large portions of the half which saw them remain level heading into the break.

Changes in shape were on display throughout the second half as Knights coach Scott McDonald urged his side on and started to apply even more pressure on the Capalaba defence.

A reaction save from Mesaric in the Capalaba goal kept the Bulldogs on level terms with Knights keeper Josh Langdon also called into action for a crucial save.

It took 85 minutes for the deadlock to be broken with Mitch Nichols perfectly weighting a ball into the box for Kristian Brymora to steer home his header into the far post and give the Knights a 1-0 lead.

As the Bulldogs pressed on to snatch a point the Knights continue their pursuit on goal with substitute Oli Stautner finding his way into the box. A Kristian Brymora strike was parried away before falling right into the path of Cai Tipaldo who steered the ball home and backed up his double from last weekend with another goal to put the game to bed.

In what could have potentially been a difficult and frustrating afternoon at John Frederick Park, Knights coach Scott McDonald said he was delighted with the victory.

“I am delighted with the way the boys responded in the second half after a frustrating first period,” said McDonald.

“I was pleased with once again with the impact that the substitutes had on tonight’s game backing up last weekend.”

With all three substitutes making an impact after coming onto the field, McDonald said that it creates a positive environment amongst the squad with competition for spots.

“It keeps everyone on their toes knowing that they need to perform to be able to stay in the team which makes training better for us all,” said McDonald.

After scoring the crucial go ahead goal, forward Kristian Brymora said that the win was a great result for a tough evening.

“It is a tough place to play here but I am really happy that we kept going and got the job done in the end,” said Brymora.

“Once we keep on persisting and sticking to what we are good at results will come and it only will get better week in week out.”

The Knights are now set for their home opener next weekend against Brisbane City at the Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday the 2nd of April at 4:30pm.

FT: Capalaba 0 def. by Knights 2 (Brymora 85’, Tipaldo 90+2’)

Mecca Bah Man of the Match: Janiel Da Silva

KNIGHTS SQUAD: #1 Langdon, #2 Walker, #4 Martin, #6 Da Silva, #7 De Vita (#15 Tipaldo 60’), #9 Muratovic, #10 Brown, #14 Brymora, #16 Nichols, #17 Peck (#19 Stautner 74’), #18 Beckwith (#3 Mirkovic 61’). SUBS: Dragicevic, Sztopka

CAPALABA SQUAD: #1 Mesaric, #2 Parker, #4 Karenzo, #5 Deng, #7 Murphy, #14 Morgan, #15 Radulovic, #16 Mears, #18 Deng, #19 Hugo, #20 Blackburn. SUBS: Sidiqi, Aoci, Gordon, Newcomb, Carr.