Knight Turns Scene Stealer!

Apr 28, 2017 by

It was meant to be a celebration of Redlands United icon Graham Fyfe’s two-hundredth appearance for his club as Redlands took on Brisbane Strikers at the Cleveland Showground tonight.

But as well as Fyfe played from the base of Redlands’ midfield, his party was pooped by one of the most unlikely of candidates – Brisbane Strikers right back Sam Knight – as Knight spearheaded his team’s impressive 4-0 win over the defending PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland champions.

Knight, whose relationship to scoring goals is akin to the relationship between hens and teeth, scored Strikers’ second and fourth goals in spectacular fashion as Redlands were blasted out of the contest after enjoying a promising opening twenty minutes.

Strikers, playing without skipper Michael Angus (a late withdrawal with back spasms), were placed under pressure by the home team early, with their goalkeeper Zac Speedy having to be on his toes to deal with some promising raids by Fyfe’s team.

But Strikers forward Jeremy Stewart, now a regular scorer for the defending premiers, got the goals flowing midway through the first half when he finished off some exquisite build-up play with an angled drive that left Redlands goalkeeper Denver Crickmore with no chance.

Redlands weren’t really in it from that point on.

When Knight pounced for his first goal ten minutes into the second half – a stunning first-time strike from distance that rocketed into the far top corner of Crickmore’s goal – and young midfielder Ryan Palmer soon afterwards slid in to convert a low cross from Greg Cheshire it was virtually all over.

But Knight wasn’t done yet, and he emphatically underlined Strikers’ dominance with a cheeky goal as he spun around with his back to goal and lifted a left-footed shot again into the top corner via the fingertips of Crickmore.

Strikers could scarcely have been more impressive, with teenager Fintan Lane filling in seamlessly for Angus as he and Palmer showed tremendous maturity in winning the midfield battle on a night that could easily have gone pear-shaped for the visitors had Redlands been able to harness the emotion generated by their promotion of Fyfe’s double century.

Redlands were restricted mostly to shots from long range, but Speedy did have to make one top-drawer save to tip a second-half header from close range away from the target.

The win took Strikers temporarily to the top of the league table, pending tomorrow’s clash between Gold Coast City FC and Brisbane Olympic FC.

See further details here in Football Queensland’s match report:

http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9385-0-0-0&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=54927276

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