Ipswich Knights goal scorer Emmanuel Peter gets stuck behind Souths opponent Brodie Kenyon during their recent FQ Premier League match.
Ipswich Knights goal scorer Emmanuel Peter gets stuck behind Souths opponent Brodie Kenyon during their recent FQ Premier League match. Rob Williams

Knights self-belief earns reward in better effort

FOOTBALL: Patient Ipswich Knights coach Mick Matthews tipped an improved performance and his team delivered in a welcome boost for the club.

Chasing their fourth win of the FQ Premier League season, the Knights secured a 3-3 draw with mid-table opponents Capalaba in their latest clash on Saturday night.

The Knights led 3-2 at John Fredericks fields before a second half penalty allowed the home side to equalise.

Despite that setback, Matthews was encouraged by his team's effort.

"I was pretty happy with that,'' Matthews said.

"They (Capalaba) were pretty sharp and very fast so it was good to see the guys run the game out too.

"It was a good performance.''

Guiliano Marconato, Nathan Garcia and Emmanuel Peter scored for the Knights.

Peter had also scored the previous week in the Knights' 4-2 loss to Souths.

Matthews was pleased to see his team finish the game strongly.

"We're having little wins,'' he said.

"We didn't concede on set pieces last night, just before or after halftime and we're moving the ball really well.

"There's a bit of belief starting to creep in now so it's good.''

The Knights next match is against second placed Logan at Bundamba on Sunday.

In Capital League 1, the Ipswich City Bulls and Western Spirit both suffered painful defeats in their latest matches.

The Bulls went down 5-0 to top four rivals Pine Hills at James Drysdale on Saturday night after Spirit were beaten 5-1 by Annerley at Elder Oval last Friday night.

Spirit have a rematch with Annerley at Kippen Park on Friday night.