No sweat, Knights superior in hot conditions
THE sauna-like conditions were more suitable for swimming in the nearby Bundamba pool than playing premier league football.
However, the Ipswich Knights players displayed superior fitness and ball movement skills to outclass Football Queensland Premier League newcomers Wide Bay Buccaneers 6-0 this afternoon.
Former Lions midfielder James Exon-Taylor scored two goals, proving a class above along with Knights regulars like Lincoln Rule, Dale Robinson and Devon Munn.
Gritty defender Munn's fifth goal was the best of the game, struck from well outside the penalty box to complete the home team's domination on a hot and energy-sapping afternoon.
Exon-Taylor's double was also a showcase of speed and better positional play at Eric Evans Oval.
His first goal came from a terrific cross early in the game.
The new recruit's second goal typified his determination to win the ball. Exon-Taylor slid into the goal mouth to put the icing on the Knights' victory.
Heading into this weekend's bye, the Knights have two wins from three matches.
As they prepare to tackle the competition heavyweights in coming weeks, the Knights can gain encouragement knowing they are creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.
Young guns like Oliver Bond and Daniel Kleinhaus have speed and tremendous potential.
Kleinhans has a real Devon Munn look about him - fearless and powerful in defence.
Ipswich's top goal scorer so far, Emmanuel Peter, is a tidy finisher.
Rule and Jay Kitching look threatening, controlling the midfield.
Goalkeeper Declan Murphy was flawless, only having to make a couple of tough saves in his side's latest home game.
State of play
FQPL: Ipswich Knights 6 (James Exon-Taylor 2, Nahom Woldu, Emmanuel Peter, Steven Jong, Devon Munn) def Wide Bay Buccaneers 0.
Next match: March 3 v Souths United at Wakerley Park.