Slice of Cheese

Devonport Strike Down Knights

The Devonport Strikers sent a message to rest of the league with a dominant 4-0 win over Glenorchy Knights on Saturday afternoon at Valley Road. The Strikers exploded out of the blocks, scoring 3 goals in the space of 10 minutes to have the game well within their keeping after just 22 minute of play. They would add one more before half time, before the chances dried up in the second half, and it ultimately ended at 4-0.

Having rattled the crossbar with a wicked left footed effort from range on 6 minutes, Joel Stone turned provider and picked out Eddie Bidwell’s run from deep to the back post. The youngster made good contact and headed home his first ever NPL TAS goal to give his side the lead after 12 minutes.

After a couple of threatening moments had been thwarted by the offside flag, Daniel Syson left nothing to chance with the games second goal, as he continued his sensational goal scoring start to 2019. From 20 yards out he bent one with the left that crashed in off the crossbar, leaving the keeper no chance.

Two minutes later and the Strikers broke through again, this time a corner leading to a scramble in the box, and after the ball rebounded off the post, Connor Parke was on hand to prod home from close range to make it 3-0.

The shell shocked Knights improved from then on, and had a few promising moments, but couldn’t translate them into clear chances. Any hopes of a miraculous comeback were seemingly extinguished just before half time when Max Fitzgerald, who had been the standout player on the pitch, skipped past a couple, before playing in Ignacio Giampaoli. The Argentine ace, who was another of the Strikers best players on the day, finessed home a cool finish to send his side into the sheds with a 4-0 lead.

The Strikers could’ve added to their lead early in the second half as the pace of Brody Denehey provided the Knights defence with some new problems. It took a fine piece of keeping from Trent LeRosignol to deny him a goal within 30 seconds of entering the fray, before he blazed a second chance over the bar moments later.

The chances would dry up in the second half, as the tempo began to fade from the game. The Strikers were content possessing the ball and making sure they saw things out professionally, whilst the Knights were able to tighten things up at the back.

Declan Brown had the Knights best two chances to score in the half, first drilling one into the post from the angle before a wonderful piece of keeping from Nathan Pitchford ensured his clean sheet. The Strikers glove man came up big in saving sharply from a one on one opportunity, after Brown played a quick 1-2 to skip into the box unopposed.

Those moments were few and far between in the second half however, as the game wound to its conclusion, with the Strikers walking away the comfortable victors and never looking too troubled in the process.

It ensures they maintain top spot on the table and their 100% record to start the season. They will next head to Windsor Park to take on Riverside next Saturday. Knights meanwhile have now dropped consecutive games and will look to get back on track against Clarence in a midweek game on Wednesday