Knights earn respect in cup loss
FORMER Knights captain Igor Sao Jose said his former Ipswich team deserved respect after being eliminated from this year's FFA Cup national competition.
Although the Knights lost 6-0 to Redlands United at Cleveland on Thursday night, Sao Jose said it was a tough contest.
"I tell you what, in the first half, Ipswich could have been 2-0 up,'' said Sao Jose, who captained the Knights in the previous two Brisbane Premier League seasons.
"The first half was so even.
"We had a couple of good chances as well but they had better chances than we did.
"They (the Knights) played well.''
Sao Jose said Redlands' fitness showed in the second half when they finally wore down the Knights.
Redlands advance to the next stage of the knockout competition - against Brisbane Strikers on Tuesday night.
Sao Jose said it felt a bit strange playing against five of his former Knights teammates.
"Especially because I respect everyone there for everything I've been through with the club,'' the classy attacking midfielder said.
"It's a great club to be involved with and the people around.''
Redlands United tackle Strikers having beaten them 2-1 in their previous National Premier Leagues state competition clash.
"We just played them last week so it's going to be a very intense game,'' Sao Jose said.
"The Strikers and the Roar (youth side) are probably the best teams we've played I'd say. They just move the ball around so well.''
The Knights players have the weekend off before preparing for their next BPL match away at Logan on Friday night.
In Thursday night's clash, the Knights failed to convert from the penalty spot in the first half before succumbing to Red Devils firepower.
The Knights had made a promising start when Lucas Wilson forced Red Devils goalkeeper Brendan White to tip a shot over the crossbar.
Mitch Davis earned the Knights penalty a half an hour into the game.
However, White dived correctly to his right to save the ensuing spot-kick struck by Dale Robinson.
The second half proved markedly different as the floodgates opened, ending the Knights' victory hopes.
FFA Cup sixth round: Redlands United 6 (Graham Fyfe 2, Elliott Ronto 2, Lyndon Dykes, own goal) d Ipswich Knights 0.