- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 July 2013
Photo: Knights' Ben Robinson (No.17) moves in on Kingborough's Trent Pearce [PlessPix]
(Victory League, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 27 July 2013)
Kingborough Lions United 2 (D Cowen 43, B Robinson og 58)
Glenorchy Knights 3 (J Hey 46, H Booth 88, 89)
HT: 1-0 Att: 150 Ref: B Kopra
Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Hawkins, Cooper, A Hinkley, D Pearce - Bilson, Marchioli, J Davis, Verdouw - Cowen, T Pearce (W Davis 73) (Subs not used: Choon, Duncan)
Glenorchy Knights: McKenna - Robinson, Clay, David, Robb (Roberts 73) - Marney, Hudson, Hey, Aldridge (Kamano 46) - Booth, Griffin (Kamba 67) (Subs not used: Marshall, S Cornish-Young)
Photo: Kingborough's Joe Davis (left) confronts Knights' skipper Jayden Hey as Mr Kopra looks on [PlessPix]
Second-last Glenorchy Knights scored only their third win of the Victory League season with this 3-2 triumph over third-last Kingborough Lions United away at Lightwood park on Saturday.
The Lions were missing striker Tom McDonald, whose flight from Melbourne was delayed.
The Knights started with impressive midfielder Mynonge Kamba on the bench because of personal reasons, but he did come on during the second half.
The opening half was a frantic affair, involving lots of long balls out of defence and rushed passing up front.
It wasn’t until two minutes before the interval that Kingborough took the lead, Danny Cowen diving to power a header past keeper Michael McKenna from Thomas Bilson’s right-wing cross.
Knights drew level less than a minute after the break. Harry Booth fed Jayden Hey with a square pass across the box and the skipper scored with a low shot past David Leamey.
Photo: Knights' Blayne Hudson (No.13) contests a header with the Lions' Thomas Bilson [PlessPix]
Kingborough regained the lead in the 58th minute when Marcello Marchioli’s powerful shot was parried by McKenna straight to the feet of team-mate Ben Robinson, who had no time to react and inadvertently stroked the ball into his own net.
McKenna kept his side in the game when he blocked a fine effort after a well-rehearsed Kingborough set-piece from the right.
Marchioli missed a glorious chance in the 85th minute as he volleyed over the bar instead of hitting the target.
Two minutes from the end, a long throw-in by Hey on the left was not cleared by Adam Hinkley and Booth, playing as a striker rather than in defence, forced the ball home to make it 2-2.
Sixty seconds later, Booth scored the winner from Aaron Marney’s low cross from the right.
Two goals and one assist made for an exemplary performance by Booth, a defender-turned-striker, who had signed for the Knights from University at the start of the season.
The win out Knights 12 points ahead of bottom-side Launceston City and 5 poinst adrift of the Lions.
Photo: Knights' Jayden Hey tries to work an angle for a shot as team-mate Aaron Marney (No.2) arrives in support and Lions keeper David Leamey is on full alert [PlessPix]
Kingborough Lions United coach, Steve Adkins, said:
“The second goal, from the throw, we should have dealt with and should probably have cleared it. They took advantage of our mistakes. A bit of concentration.
“We blazed a few over the bar and McKenna saved one of them. We had a few chances, but it certainly wasn’t our best display today.
“I thought our first half was pretty ordinary. We got a little bit better second half, but yeah, the quality was missing today.”
Photo: Kingborough skipper Marcello Marchioli (left) keeps an eye on Knights' Callen Griffin [PlessPix]
Kingborough Lions United captain, Marcello Marchioli, said:
“It was very disappointing. It was a very scrappy game and we could have come away with a win in the end.
“I think so [we did enough to win]. We got forward a fair bit and had a few good chances that we couldn’t quite get in the back of the net.”
Photo: Kingborough's Trent Pearce (left), in his attacking third of the pitch, was so determined to win this ball that he hit it so hard it went all the way up the other end of the pitch and out for a corner to the Knights [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights assistant coach, Matthew Rhodes, said:
“We went in a played some really good football and I felt we were down 2-1 and a bit unlucky. We came out after half-time with a lot of energy and zest and the boys never lost it.
“The guys are great this year. Everyone thought they’d get whipped and they’ve done a tremendous job. They deserve all the credit today. They played great football.
“We took a chance on Harry Booth. I thought we might give it a bit of a run, and I look good today, don’t I? It worked for us.
“I thought when we got that goal [Jayden Hey] we were really in the match and then, unfortunately, Benny [Robinson], it was just unfortunate. The boys never gave up and we showed a tremendous fight today and they deserved their three points today. It’s worth six points down here.”
Photo: Knights' Harry Booth (left) and Kingborough's Damian Pearce do battle [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights midfielder, Blayne Hudson, said:
“Lightwood is always difficult to come and play at, but we’ve had a change of formation and a change of personnel around different roles, but we always knew that if we put the right game forward and pushed out and played our game we’d always have a chance to come down here and get a result. I think we did really well.
“I don’t think it [the own-goal] did [make our heads drop]. The boys got around Ben [Robinson] straight away and we made sure that he didn’t drop his head. E knew it was just one of those things. It was our problem. It wasn’t them getting a goal but us conceding a goal. We knew we could still work hard and play hard and get a result.
“Harry [Booth showed his versatility]. He’s been playing centre-back the past few weeks and doing really well, and left-back. He’s come forward today and just shown just how well he can play around the pitch. He battled all day today and he deserves man-of-the-match. He was unbelievable.”
Photo: The Lions' David Cooper (left) hounds Knights' skipper Jayden Hey as Knights' Aaron Marney looks on [PlessPix]
Photo: Referee Brenton Kopra (centre) and his assistants, Craig Phillips (left) and Jimmy Hortle [PlessPix]