Knights quality and persistence shine in nailbiting final
THE Ipswich Knights women are celebrating a double success already this season.
The Knights City 1 team followed up their premiership title with a nailbiting Cup final victory.
The Knights beat Moggill FC 2-1 after a late goal on Saturday at Walton Bridge Reserve.
Ipswich went into the game without Naomi Line or Nuala Geoghegan due to injury after a gruelling lead-up to the game.
However, Knights dominated the first half and went close to scoring on numerous occasions. That included a shot from Kate Moreton that hit the crossbar.
The deadlock was broken 30 minutes in when Sheridan McCulloch ran on goal and shot across the Moggill keeper.
It looked like remaining that way until half-time until a seemingly harmless shot from Moggill took a freakish bounce over the Ipswich Knights keeper and into the goal.
It was a blow to Knights who also lost Stevie Whisson for the rest of the game with a thigh injury.
The second half became a torrid affair with both teams struggling to create chances in the warm conditions.
As extra time loomed, Lailey Hunt made a clever run into the penalty area and was fouled by a Moggill player, resulting in a penalty.
With one minute left, Shani Wilton calmly scored giving Knights a hard fought victory.
Coach Paul McCulloch was philosophical about his team's performance. "The conditions made it difficult to play good football today,'' McCulloch said.
"It wasn't pretty but we're very happy to win this trophy.
"Considering how tough our draw was to get here we deserved our win today. Our girls should be proud of themselves.''
Ipswich Knights have two premiership games remaining before hosting the major semi-final on August 30.