Knights club spirit shines at Cup party
IPSWICH Knights players, coaches and supporters had an added reason to enjoy the club's annual post-Ipswich Cup party.
After a big day at the Cup, more than 200 people continued celebrating, especially thrilled with the Brisbane Premier League side's fantastic Friday night win.
After a character-testing winless run, the Knights players showed what they are capable of by denying top four prospects Mitchelton a chance to take top spot in this year's BPL.
The Knights beat Mitchelton 2-1 at their Teralba Park base.
"It's definitely a big relief,'' head coach Danny Wilson said.
"It's been a frustrating couple of weeks that we've been involved with.
"To put out a good performance like we did on Friday night was extremely pleasing.''
Wilson, who worked behind the bar at the Saturday night clubhouse event, said the Knights' club spirit couldn't be faulted.
However, adding Mitchelton to the Knights' scalps this season proved what the top side footballers can achieve when on song.
"It just shows that when we prepare right and go in with the right attitude, we're capable of getting a great positive result,'' Wilson said.
"We've taken points off Lions, Rochedale and Mitchy. They are all top four sides.''
The crucial change in setting up the Knights' third win of the season was their determination in the second half after conceding a goal.
"We probably could have scored a few more goals. Unlucky not to win by a bigger margin I thought,'' Wilson said.
"But the pleasing thing was probably our defence. We really stood up and took ownership of our responsibilities.''
The return of Brodie Kenyon up front with Peter Drager created more dangerous opportunities.
Drager equalised in the 67th minute before dependable team man Emmanuel Peter sealed the victory.
"The boys were really keen to put on a solid 90 minute performance,'' Wilson said.
"It definitely set the boys up for a great weekend.''
The Knights return home to Bundamba for their next match against Holland Park on Sunday afternoon.
"Our goal is to not let any side take six points away from us this year,'' Wilson said.
Holland Park had a first round 5-1 win over the Knights, giving the Ipswich side plenty of motivation to build some consistency.
In Friday night's National Premier Leagues clash, Western Pride fought hard before losing 2-1 to home side Brisbane Olympic.
A-League recruit Harry Sawyer equalised through a penalty in the second half before Tyler Wagstaffe secured his team's victory.
Pride's next match is against Redlands United at Cleveland on Friday night.
Friday night's Capital League 2 local derby between Ipswich City and Western Spirit will be rescheduled after the Kippen Park field was deemed too wet to play on.
Spirit now have two catch-up matches, also with a game against leaders Centenary to play.
State of play
NPL: Brisbane Olympic 2 def Western Pride 1 (Harry Sawyer penalty).
BPL: Ipswich Knights 2 (Peter Drager, Emmanuel Peter) def Mitchelton 1. Reserves: Mitchelton 4 def Ipswich Knights 2 (Chris Scott 2).
CL2: Friday night's local derby between Ipswich City and Western Spirit called off due to the wet field at Kippen Park.