Slice of Cheese

Naden Runs Riot On Knights Top Flight Return

Jamie Richardson

Four goals from Nicholas Naden has seen the Glenorchy Knights make a successful return to top flight football, as they downed Riverside 5-1 at Windsor Park. In a battle of the newly promoted sides, it was Knights who spoiled the Riverside party with a comprehensive performance, controlling the game from start to finish and running out comfortable victors.

The home side had a strong crowd of supporters cheering their side on their NPL TAS debut, from the newly refurbished Windsor Park facilities. It was unknown territory for both the Riverside players and supporters as neither were too sure about what to expect. The Roos held their own for the first 10 minutes of the game, even seeming to take it to Glenorchy by attempting to get in behind of their opposition’s defence. However, a Nic Naden header would eventually undo the hard work the home side put in during the first portion of the game. Muscling off his defender, Naden powerfully finished a well-placed cross that left the Riverside keeper, Jarrod Hill, rooted to the spot.

The Knights break through- Jamie Richardson

Conceding an early goal did not get the young shot-stopper down, however. Showing maturity beyond his years, Hill answered back with an incredible display for the remainder of the first half. A string of unbelievable saves was enough to keep his side in the match and look for a reply. Notably, a double save just before the stroke of half time when Hill made a strong save to deny Naden who had just steamrolled into the 18-yard box. Naden was first to the follow-up where he crossed to his teammate who had a golden opportunity to put the game to bed before half time. The 18-year-old Riverside goalie had other plans, scurrying back into position and only just getting his hand over the ball before it crawled over the line.

Heading into the sheds 2-0 up, Glenorchy would have been confident they would grab the three points if they could make the most of the abundance of opportunities they were creating for themselves. Coming back out in the second half, Riverside looked to play out from the back more to control the ball and look to get back into the game. However, this would ultimately be their downfall, with Glenorchy pressing and forcing Riverside into mistakes and capitalising with three second-half goals. Riverside was able to claw one back through substitute Will Coert, but seemingly it was too little, too late for the debutantes.

Jamie Richardson

It was the first game of the season for both sides and there are definitely improvements to be made for both teams. However, Glenorchy will take confidence in the fact that they were able to dominate the scoreboard in the way they did. Nic Naden is looking like an incredible player for them going forward. The former Clarence striker was a big presence in the Knights attack and provided them with attacking options both in the air and on the ground. The Knights will face a tougher test this Wednesday night as they host rivals Olympia Warriors. Riverside will use their mid-week bye to recover and prepare for next weekend’s clash against Kingborough Lions at Lightwood Park.