Coalstars supporters unite at the Ipswich Knights clubhouse to remember two great years in the club’s history.
Coalstars supporters unite at the Ipswich Knights clubhouse to remember two great years in the club’s history. David Nielsen

Knights hope for better luck in Canale Cup

IN a character-testing Brisbane Premier League football season, the Ipswich Knights top side hasn't experienced a lot of joy.

Their latest 4-0 loss to Rochedale on Sunday night summed up their season in many ways.

The 10th placed Knights conceded two soft goals in the first half before key defender Dale Robinson was sent off for a last man challenge in the second half.

Although displaying promising signs at stages, the depleted Knights were unable to get back into the match at Bundamba.

That was despite some extra support from the clubhouse where a Coalstars anniversary reunion was held remembering successful 1986 and 1996 teams.

However, the Knights have plenty to play for tomorrow night at Acacia Ridge.

It's a Canale Cup second round match against the Capital League 2 side at Ron Proud Field.

With the Knights playing competition heavyweights Holland Park away on Sunday, head coach Stewart Drinkeld said it would be a balancing act fielding a team in tomorrow night's 7.30pm clash.

That's especially given the Knights Reserves have worked hard to climb into third spot in their BPL competition.

"We'll be putting out as strong team as we can (in the Canale Cup),'' Drinkeld said. "We'd like to progress in the Cup so we're not going to take them lightly.''

The Knights Reserves overpowered Rochedale 5-1 on Sunday afternoon with Adam O'Sullivan and Liam Davison scoring two goals each.

Thomas Sotiriadis added a fifth.

Sunday's Coalstars reunion attracted more than 200 people despite earlier matches being postponed due to the wet conditions.

Meanwhile, a five goal second half blitz helped the Souths United women overpower Western Pride 6-0 in their latest National Premier Leagues clash at Wakerley Park.

Souths United reclaimed second place in the standings from Eastern Suburbs, who temporarily edged ahead after defeating Sunshine Coast earlier in the day.

Pride remain in seventh on the table, 14 points shy of the top four.



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