by Mark Majdandzic
Knights again started with a desire to score early goals and prevailed on the 5thminute mark, when midfielder Adam Endean finished inside the box and slotted the ball in the bottom left hand corner.
With continued pressure on the Thunder goal, both Nick Panetta and Jayden Prasad had chances saved by the keeper as the Knights looked to double their lead.
They had to wait until the 14thminute mark, when a combination play between Sam Smith and Max Brown set up the chance for the latter, who netted his first goal for the 2019 campaign.
With a two goal advantage and repeated attacks on goal, the next chance would fall to Thunder, as an error from Prasad allowed the Toowoomba based side into the game when a great finish in the top corner pegged one back.
It was the same old story for the Knights, with opportunity after opportunity being created but to no avail, as chances went begging in front of goal to regain the two goal buffer.
They didn’t have to wait long, when just on the stroke of halftime a brilliant piece of work by Prasad gave Smith a golden opportunity for his first of the game which he took to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at the break.
The second half started much the same as the first half for the Knights, with Smith once again being the beneficiary of some work from Prasad and netting his second of the match.
Knights continued to hold the ball for large portions of the half, with a number of chances falling their way.
The best chance of the half came on the 72ndminute mark, when Thunder cleared a Prasad finish and two consecutive chances from substitute Jarrod Kyle off the line to keep the score at 4-1.
After the match, Head Coach Grae Piddick was pleased with his sides performance.
“It was good to get three points and score some goals after a good start. We got on the board first for the first time this season and makes it easier on the nerves.”
“We are still building and have a lot more improvement amongst the squad. We need to continue improving and make sure we keep going with the movement of the ball.”
When asked about the conditions of the match, Piddick applauded the efforts of his side.
“Today the conditions were tough with high temperatures and the boys pushed hard to the very end to get the three points.”
Knights now have a short turn around as they travel to Cleveland on Friday night to take on Redlands United.
FINAL: GC Knights 4 (Smith x2, Endean, Brown) def. SWQ Thunder 1 (Tuart)
GCK: Langdon; Walker, Austin, Dillon, Schmidt (Murphy 65’); Hofmann, Endean (Kyle 65’), Brown; Panetta, Smith (Dragicevic 75’), Prasad
MOM: Nick Panetta
NPL Round 4:
Redlands United vs GC Knights
Saturday 22ndof February- 7:00pm