By Mark Majdandzic
Gold Coast Knights put on a dominant display in Round 4 NPL action, defeating struggling Redlands United 8-0.
The Knights started the dominant of the two teams from the outset but were unable to create any real chances on goal for the first 15 minutes.
The attacks started to click into gear for the Knights, with chances falling to Jayden Prasad and Sam Smith coming in the midway point of the half.
It would take the Knights half an hour to get on the scoresheet, when a sleek build up play in the box was neatly converted by in form Nick Panetta.
The second goal followed shortly after, when right back Matthew Schmidt made his assault on the Redlands goal and set up Prasad for his first of the match.
The two P’s combined again in the attacking third just before half time, when a delicately timed ball by Panetta found Prasad who scored his second of the match to extend the lead to 3-0 at the break.
The barrage of attacks continued in the second half, with Knights eager to execute in front of goal.
After three minutes key marksman Sam Smith scored on a great through ball to put the result far beyond doubt.
It was only another give minutes of play for Knights to expose the defence of Redlands agan, when Prasad was fouled in the box.
Smith passed up the opportunity to get on the scoresheet for the second time, handing the ball to Prasad who took his chance and scored the first hat-trick of the 2019 campaign.
In a tactical move, Max Brown came off the bench early in the second half and wasted no time getting on the scoresheet when he slotted the ball past the keeper midway through the second half to extend the lead to 6-0.
That wouldn’t be the end of the scoring, as late goals from Mas Brown again and another penalty converted by Sam Smith resulted in an 8-0 victory for the Knights.
Head Coach Grae Piddick was happy to see his side take their chances in front of goal.
“Scoring eight goals against anybody is hard so it was great to see our attacking third convert on their opportunities.”
“You can see that the combinations are starting to come into play and boys are getting more comfortable with one another. We stil have work to do,” said Piddick.
When asked about the reasoning behind some tactical changes to the line up, Piddick was quick to explain the reasoning behind the moves.
“We have a lot of quality players in the squad who needed minutes under their belt. It shows the strength of our depth when players come in and perform. It wasn’t a specific reason as to why the rotation was made but purely just to get minutes in legs.”
The Knights now look to make it four straight wins when they host Sunshine Coast next week at the Croatian Sports Centre.
FINAL: Redlands 0 def. by Knights 8 (Prasad x3, Smith x2, Brown x2, Panetta)
GCK: Langdon; Walker, Dillon, Austin, Schmidt; Hofmann, Panetta, Endean (Brown 52′); Kyle (Marsh 66′), Smith, Prasad (Dragicevic 57′)
MOM: Jayden Prasad
NPL Round 5:
GCK vs Sunshine Coast
Saturday 2nd of March- 6:30pm
Croatian Sports Centre