Ipswich Knights coach Danny Mchenery.
Ipswich Knights coach Danny Mchenery. David Nielsen

Timely lesson for Knights young guns

THE Ipswich Knights players weren't the only ones who received an early reality check in their first loss of the new Football Queensland Premier League season.

Coach Danny Mchenery conceded it was a valuable experience for him running the side for the first time.

After watching the Knights fall 5-1 to hosts Holland Park on Saturday night, Mchenery said his team would benefit from tackling a quality side at this stage of the season.

"It was a lesson for the boys and a lesson for me to be honest,'' Mchenery said.

"Maybe the boys thought they were a little bit further ahead than what they are as far as development . . . and we just got punished.''

Holland Park's captain Marek Madle turned on an impressive display scoring three goals.

Mchenery said Madle was one of the skilful footballers the Knights would need to control, especially with a younger squad this year.

"They (Holland Park) settled quite well and we didn't handle it very well,'' Mchenery said.

"They were very structured . . . they played a five, four, one (formation) so we found them very hard to break down.''

However, a positive for the Knights was midfielder James Exon-Taylor playing his first game for the Ipswich team.

He scored the Knights' only goal. "He (Exon-Taylor) is going to be an asset for us,'' the coach said.

The Knights can now refocus on their next home match - against Wide Bay on Sunday afternoon.

FQPL: Holland Park 5 def Ipswich Knights 1 (James Exon-Taylor).

Next match: Sunday v Wide Bay Buccaneers at Bundamba.