Pine Rivers snatches lucky win
IT was like watching shooters at a rifle range as the Ipswich Knights unleashed on Pine Rivers United at Bundamba yesterday.
The only problem was the Knights radar was off-line or the shots were deflected at the last second.
A disallowed goal late in the game denied the competition leaders at least a point in the Division 1 match they should have won for the second week in a row at home.
But the Knights situation could have been worse only for some superb close range saves from returning goalkeeper Zayne Freiberg.
“It was pretty disappointing to lose like that,'' Freiberg said after the 2-1 defeat.
“I'm not sure what it is. I think we're just not coming out with the right tempo.
“The first half wasn't that great but we fought well at the end and we were pretty unlucky actually to not get a draw out of it.''
Freiberg proved he was fit to return from a bulged disc injury after throwing himself around.
He even soldiered on after diving into the post to make a first-half save.
“I'm definitely feeling confident about it,'' Freiberg said. “I backed up no worries at all.''
While thrilled to have Freiberg back, Knights coach Ian Carson conceded his team had plenty to ponder at the half-way stage of the season.
“We lost the game in the first half,'' Carson said.
“We probably didn't deserve to win but we deserved to get something out of it.
“We're not finishing and that's the hard part.”
After trailing 2-0, the Knights worked to get back to 2-1 when Brodie Kenyon smashed home a rebound. Freiberg's skill allowed the Knights to push hard late without reward.
The Knights were mystified why a goal with eight minutes left was disallowed.
However, the Knights have a chance to exact revenge when they tackle Pine Rivers United again in Saturday night's away catch-up game.
Knights Reserves drew 2-2 with Pine Rivers United yesterday.