Pur­ton daz­zles in win over Gos­nells

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - with Daniel Body­coat

IN round 19 of the State League Di­vi­sion 1 com­pe­ti­tion, Western Knights faced Gos­nells City SC.

The Knights came away with a 2-0 win although it was not as em­phatic as their pre­vi­ous en­counter.

The open­ing of the game was rel­a­tively even, with both sides strug­gling to test the goal­keep­ers .

Half­way through the first half, Gos­nells had their best chance of the game but a bril­liant re­flex save by Sam Hutch­ings pre­vented the Knights from fall­ing be­hind.

Western Knights had an op­por­tu­nity to take the lead as Jamie Ricks slipped the ball to Paul Lloyd past the de­fend­ers ,but his shot was saved.

The de­flected ball re­bounded to Ricks, whose shot was also saved.

Five min­utes be­fore the end of the half, Steve Pur­ton went on a daz­zling run, drib­bling straight through the en­tire Gos­nells team.

As he ap­proached the box, he com­posed him­self to slide the ball into the side net­ting.

Lloyd con­tin­ued to find space and cause havoc on the wing through­out the sec­ond half.

His first cross found Pur­ton in the box but the header nar­rowly missed.

Im­me­di­ately after that chance, Gos­nells won a free kick.

The curl­ing shot missed all the play­ers and Hutch­ings was forced to pull off a re­flex save to pre­vent the equaliser and keep the clean sheet.

Western Knights were fi­nally re­warded for their ef­forts down Lloyd’s wing when Ricks headed home the sec­ond goal of the game.

While Gos­nells did push to re­duce the deficit, Western Knights fin­ished the game with a com­fort­able 2-0 win.

The vic­tory was def­i­nitely needed after the dis­ap­point­ing loss in the pre­vi­ous round.

With only a few games re­main­in­git will be in­ter­est­ing to see how high the Knights can climb up the lad­der.

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