RUNAWAY BAY | 6.4.22 | Mark Majdandzic
The start of the 2022 Australia Cup campaign is already upon us as we kick things off away from home against FQPL3 South Coast side Runaway Bay! Kick off is set for 7pm at Runaway Bay Field.
Here are three things to know before tonight’s match up:
HOME GROUND DEFENCE
Runaway Bay have troubled teams at their home ground all of last season and under young coach Nathan Jones have shown great discipline in the past. The pitch conditions suit their system and in this clash you can expect the Bayhawks to bunker down defensively giving up possession to the Knights. Defensively they have proven time and time again the ability to hold out for long periods so scoring early will be crucial to ensuring that progression is secured.
Some off-season attacking acquisitions has seen our hosts play a more free flowing brand of football but their old ways will most certainly be on display tonight.
TAKE YOUR CHANCES
It goes without saying but taking early opportunities presented will frame the game completely differently for the Knights in this encounter. It is highly possible that we will see a larger squad used for this clash so ensuring that continuity and attacking successes continue will be important for all involved in tonight’s match.
Latter stages of the Brisbane City league game showed the Knights creating multiple chances in the back end of games so expect the same as the conditioning comes through amongst the squad. It is expected that a bumper crowd is on show as the home side have plenty of support behind them as will the Knights setting up a stellar atmosphere for all fans.
RESPECT THE GAME
The Knights have always had great respect for the newly re-branded Australia Cup and that will continue tonight and hopefully moving forward for years to come. The success in the Cup has been evident with last year’s Round of 16 outcome as well as a Round of 32 achievement in 2018. The Knights will know that respecting every opponent is crucial in a Cup run to maximise the opportunity in front of you to achieve the latter stages.
Runaway Bay is no different and is the first stepping stone in what is hopefully bigger and better things for the Knights in the 2022 edition of the Cup.
Date: Wednesday 6th of April
Kick Off: 7:00pm
Location: Runaway Bay Field