Knights on vital Cup mission
WITH no Brisbane Premier League match this weekend, the Ipswich Knights will go all out for a much-needed victory in Thursday night's Canale Cup clash.
The Knights tackle AC Carina at Bundamba in the round two stage having struggled to regain their best form in recent BPL matches.
But with no BPL game days later due to the competition catch-up round, Knights head coach Danny Wilson was keen to field as many of his top team regulars as possible.
"I need to get some confidence back so I'll be looking to play a fairly strong side, trying to get as many players as we potentially can doing the right thing for us,'' Wilson said.
"Hopefully get some momentum back in the side.''
While keen to revive a winning formation, Wilson plans to rest experienced duo Adam O'Sullivan and Peter Drager due to soreness from last Sunday's 3-1 loss to Peninsula.
Utility player Brodie Kenyon is also likely to miss a couple of games with a ligament strain in his ankle.
The tenacious footballer played as long as he could after the half-time break against Peninsula before finally succumbing to the knock he received in the first half.
Before the more committed effort against Peninsula, the Knights lost 5-0 to Easts and Logan.
Wilson is working hard to keep his team positive, encouraged by aspects of last weekend's performance.
"It's the first time in two weeks we actually got in behind a side,'' he said.
"I was pleased with the effort.
"Obviously our execution wasn't there but the pleasing thing was we started to create more opportunities, which is something we haven't been doing in the past.''
Among the shining lights for the Knights is winger Jason Pillay.
The former Western Pride footballer looked dangerous every time he found space last Sunday, scoring the first goal of the match.
"He's a very energetic player,'' Wilson said.
"Each week, he's getting better and better and his confidence is growing.''
With Kenyon sidelined, Wilson was looking to bring Knights Reserve grade captain Matt Johnson into the defensive line.
AC Carina beat Clairvaux 4-1 in their first round match.
Tomorrow night is the Ipswich team's first game in the annual knockout competition.
Although AC Carina is a few premiership levels below the Knights, Wilson expects his team to turn up focused on winning.
"They have got nothing to lose,'' the Knights coach said of AC Carina.
"They want to make a name for themselves so it's a game we need to make sure we prepare right and we do the little things right.
"I'd like to hope that we go out there, we put in a solid performance. Those one or two percenter things which haven't quite been dealt in our way.
"We need to take those opportunities and finish a game strongly and play to our capabilities.
"We are definitely capable. We're just not quite where we need to be yet.''
Canale Cup Round 2: Thursday (7.30pm) - Ipswich Knights v AC Carina at Eric Evans Reserve, Bundamba.