Knights striker Taiga Ishikura was one of four Ipswich players to score in their upset win over Logan.
Knights striker Taiga Ishikura was one of four Ipswich players to score in their upset win over Logan.

Focused Knights ambush Logan

THE disciplined victory proved two things about the Ipswich Knights this season.

The first is when they get their best side out on the park they can match just about any team in the Brisbane Premier League competition.

The second is when they convert their chances, they can finish the job in style.

That was the case in the Knights' 4-1 away win over Logan on Friday night.

While the result may be considered an upset against a top three team, the Knights were happy to bag the three points after a hard-fought effort.

"It was pleasing to take our chances,'' head coach Stewart Drinkeld said, happy to see goals coming from four different players.

"In the past, we've created a lot without scoring.''

Drinkeld was also impressed with his team's commitment, something the Knights are well known for when the situation gets tough.

"Everyone was very disciplined,'' he said. "We scored early. They maintained their concentration.

"It was an excellent win.''

The Knights led 3-1 at halftime after Taiga Ishikura netted the first before Mitch Davis converted a penalty and Devon Munn scored from a free kick.

Lucas Wilson put the icing on the win finishing off a fine team goal in the second half while the Knights kept the home side scoreless.

Drinkeld was happy to see captain Chris Butler playing well at the back and skilful midfielder Dan Liddy also returning from an ankle injury.

With an improved bench, the Knights can focus on building momentum as they push for a top five spot, starting against Albany Creek at home on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Western Pride were denied victory in their National Premier League match in Ayr after a dramatic injury-time winner.

It was Fury's first win since April, keeping them within striking distance of the top four.

Pride's record remained at five wins and a draw.

Northern Fury's Hamish Cassady scored the late winner after teammate Sean Karambasis' opener was cancelled out by Pride's Lincoln Rule just before half-time.

Pride coach Karl Dodd said his team failed to follow the pre-match game plan and paid for it.

"I had too many players playing as individuals and not as a team tonight," he said.

Western Pride tackle Brisbane Strikers in their next match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.

RESULTS

  • National Premier Leagues: Northern Fury 2 (Sean Karambasis, Hamish Cassady) def Western Pride 1 (Lincoln Rule).
  • Brisbane Premier League: Ipswich Knights 4 (Taiga Ishikura, Devon Munn, Mitch Davis, Lucas Wilson) def Logan 1. Reserves: Logan def Knights 3-1.
  • Capital League 2: Western Spirit 2 (Corey Lucas, Joel Hancock) def Ipswich City 0. Reserves: Western Spirit 2 (Stephen Muir 2) def Ipswich City 0.

 



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