No joy for Knights in Man­durah

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - with Daniel Body­coat

WESTERN Knights FC trav­elled to Man­durah in round 18 of the State League Di­vi­sion 1 com­pe­ti­tion.

The game was very ex­cit­ing but ul­ti­mately the Knights would leave dis­ap­pointed, los­ing 4-5.

A drive by Paul Lloyd cre­ated the first chance as he went past mul­ti­ple de­fend­ers be­fore forc­ing the keeper to make a fan­tas­tic save.

Lloyd was de­nied again as he spun and shot just out­side the box.

Johny Mirco, how­ever, fi­nally man­aged to beat the goal­keeper with a beau­ti­ful curl­ing shot that nes­tled in the bot­tom cor­ner.

Man­durah equalised quickly though with a free kick that may have pos­si­bly been saved by the Knights’ keeper.

The game was end to end in the sec­ond half, with both sides having op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the lead.

Man­durah were the first to cap­i­talise to the shock of the Western Knights fans who had trav­elled all the way to Hyundai Sta­dium.

The re­sponse was quick to the re­lief of many af­ter Jamie Ricks was put through one on one with the keeper but his shot hit the post.

Luck­ily, Ivan Zu­vela was there to tap the ball over the line.

Ricks grabbed his de­served goal af­ter bat­tling in the box to get the space to shoot. The score was now 2-3. A smooth drib­ble by Mirco, fol- lowed by a cross to Ricks, gave him his sec­ond goal of the game.

The two-goal cush­ion that the Knights had man­aged would quickly be di­min­ished.

A penalty to Man­durah was awarded and the striker held his nerve to put the score to 3-4.

Af­ter a few min­utes, they drew the game due to some poor de­fend­ing by Western Knights. The game was sealed just be­fore the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle when Man­durah were given a free kick and they stepped up and scored.

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