Match Report: Knights 1-0 Young Roar

Gold Coast Knights remain the NPL Queensland’s only undefeated side after running out 1-0 winners over Young Roar at the Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday night.

Jheison Macuace continued his hot run of form in front of goal, netting his tenth of the season for what proved to be the games decisive goal.

The Colombian winger was quickest to react after Roar defender Aiden Bender’s scuffed clearance came back off the crossbar before Macuace headed it into the back of the net.

Despite coming close on a number of occasions Knights were unable to further impact the scoring. Matt Schmidt and Blake Thompson came closest to adding to scoreboard, each hitting the woodwork either side of half time.

Young Roar’s best chance to equalise came from the penalty spot in the 60th minute through Cai Tipaldo who was thwarted by a brilliant diving save from Josh Langdon.

Saturday’s win leaves Knights level with Lions at the top of the NPL Queensland standings however, the Knights have a game in hand on their title rivals who suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brisbane Strikers last weekend.

Speaking post-match, Knights Head Coach, Grae Piddick said he was delighted to come away with all three points from Saturday’s match.

“It’s an important three points, I thought the Roar played really well, they were compact and didn’t allow spaces in-between the lines so we had to look at alternatives and played a bit more direct which I think tonight was the better option for us.”

“We’ll take the three points, I think tonight could’ve gone either way, we could’ve scored a few more, we hit the post a few times and at the other end they could’ve scored a few.”

“It was a good tight contest and we’re happy to take the win.” Piddick said.

Piddick added his side were continuing to build and laid praise on a defence that held firm for their fifth clean sheet of the 2020 NPL Queensland campaign.

“We know that we’re a good attacking side, we’d like to score a few more the chances are coming and we know we’re going to bang a few more away so if we make sure we don’t conceded there’s always goals in this team and moving forward I think there’ll be more goals.”

“The boys defended well against a good attacking team, at times they created some good situations and a couple of last ditch tackles and some good goalkeeping from Josh (Langdon), which he needed to do and he did it well.”

“I think we’re getting better each week and each game we’ve been better than the last, I still think there’s a lot of improvement to come.”

Saturday’s match marks the start of a busy week for the Knights who are back in action at the Croatian Sports Centre against Brisbane City on Tuesday night (7:45pm KO), before taking on Sunshine Coast at Ballinger Park on Sunday (4pm KO).

“It’s always easier to back up quickly when you’ve had a win,” Piddick said. 

“We need to go again for Brisbane City who had a win as well this weekend, they’ll be buoyed by that and they’ll be coming down looking to do the same thing and make it hard for us.

“We know what we need to do, we’ve played against them recently and we’ve got to make sure we improve on that performance to get another three points.”