Knights newcomers provide promise for BPL future
THE Ipswich Knights' future looks bright after two exciting young players made impressive debuts in the club's latest Brisbane Premier League encounter.
Former Lions youth players Jye Magarry and Lee Wearne seized their opportunities to help the Knights nearly secure a remarkable draw against competition heavyweights Easts.
The fifth-placed home team only won 3-2 after an own goal in the dying seconds at Heath Park.
Magarry had earlier scored the equaliser to keep his new side in the hunt.
"It was a baby team and they did very nicely," coach Mark Dykman said, also giving talented youngsters Jordan McCulloch, James MacArthur and his son Scott valuable game time.
James' twin Daniel was in line to play until he suffered an injury.
Dykman was thrilled with his succession plan, which he hopes to continue in the Knights' final game against Wolves at Bundamba on Sunday.
"I played the young guy Lee at right back and he was sensational," Dykman. "He wasn't intimidated.
"We competed and we could have won. That's the part I liked."
The Ipswich Knights Reserves earlier dropped out of the final race after losing 4-2 to Easts.
However, the Ipswich City Bulls kept their Capital League 2 finals hopes alive after beating Narangba 4-0 on Saturday night.
The Bulls were waiting on other results, knowing they must beat Toowoomba in their final game to have any chance of advancing.
Coach Nev O'Sullivan gave playmaker Ben Robson 60 minutes at Narangba after concerns over his injured knee.
"I left it up to him. He's pretty important to the team," O'Sullivan said. "He come through pretty good."
However, another key player Lucas Wilson suffered a quad strain after scoring a goal.
Liam Mercer scored a double, with Shaun Kitching netting the other goal.
"In the end, it was like a training run," O'Sullivan said. "It wasn't great football but we did enough to win."
The Bulls Reserves won 3-1.
State of Play
National Premier League: Western Pride 4 (Peter Drager 3, own goal) d Palm Beach 2. Western Pride finished their debut season in eighth place.
Brisbane Premier League: Easts 3 d Ipswich Knights 2 (Jonas Rasmussen, Jye Magarry). Reserves: Easts 4 d Knights 2 (Matt Savini, Andrew Korner).
Capital League 1: Mt Gravatt d Western Spirit 6-1. Reserves: Mt Gravatt d Western Spirit 3-0.
Capital League 2: Ipswich City 4 (Liam Mercer, Shaun Kitching, Lucas Wilson) d Narangba 0. Reserves: Ipswich City 3 (Luke Slater, Harry Hanson, Michael Loomes) d Narangba 1.