Western Knights SC 2
Dianella White Eagles SC 0
Written by Daniel Bodycoat
Western Knights SC played their last game of the 2014 All Flags State League Division 1 competition against Dianella White Eagles SC in Round 22 at Dianella Reserve. The ground was in a horrid condition with sand covering most of the pitch. The weather also made it difficult for the players as the temperature was around 30 °C.
There were very little clear chances for both sides in the first half. However, Ivan Zuvela hit the crossbar from a freekick that was miles out. His driven shot seemed destined for the back of the net.
The Knights dominated the first half and Dianella only looking threatening on counter attacks.
In the second half, Connor Thurston took a freekick on the half way line. The Dianella keeper completely misread the play and the ball floated into the back of net. A disastrous mistake had put Western Knights in the lead.
For the following minutes, Western Knights continued to put the pressure on. Multiple attacks forced the keeper to make saves and the defence to clear the ball.
Another freekick caused trouble for Dianella as a number of Knight’s players had opportunities to score the second goal. The Dianella defenders were really under the pump.
Western Knights were able to get that illusive second goal. It was a well-deserved goal for an absolute legend of the Western Knights Soccer Club. Dave Anall, in his last game for the club, scored a quality goal from a freekick. The ball smashed against the crossbar and bounced over the line. A great goal capping off a sensational career.
The 0-2 victory for Western Knights has ended a good campaign for the club, however, they will definitely look to improve and push for the title next year. The 4th place on the ladder was satisfactory but they know that they are capable of much more in the future.