TRIPLE TREAT: Ipswich side tames Lions again in thriller
AFTER a football game that had everything, the Ipswich Knights are celebrating a clean sweep over the powerful Lions side this season.
However, the Knights' third victory over Lions came after plenty of controversy and drama.
It was sealed 2-1 when birthday boy Dale Robinson nailed a rebound off a penalty kick. The Knights finished the job a player down after striker Lucas Wilson received a red card for retaliation following a dubious tackle.
"A bit of excitement, a bit of controversy but all-in-all it was definitely pleasing to get the result,'' coach Danny Wilson said, proud of his team.
"We had to play the last hour of the game with 10 men and that is a big deal down at Lions. A lot of our boys, that last 10-15 minutes had to dig really deep.''
Before being sent off, Wilson put the Knights 1-0 up with a superb header in last night's Brisbane Premier League encounter.
After Lions equalised, Robinson had to respond quickly when the Lions keeper blocked his penalty kick. The Knights defender pounced on his second chance to ensure his team left Lions Stadium winners.
The Knights' winning run against Lions started in the semi-final of this year's Silver Boot pre-season competition.
The Knights then beat the powerhouse club's top team 2-1 at Bundamba, before their latest success over their third-placed rivals.
It was Ipswich's fifth win of the season and third game in a row when the Knights beat or matched a top four opponent.
The Knights are off to Caboolture on Tuesday night for a fourth round Canale Cup match after earlier wins over AC Carina and Centenary Stormers in the knockout competition.
The Knights Reserves also have a catch-up match against Albany Creek away on Friday night.
Having the Knights beat Lions in the BPL completed a successful night for Ipswich-based clubs.
In addition to Western Pride's 4-2 NPL win over Brisbane City, the Bulls kept their top two Capital League 2 hopes alive with a 9-1 thumping of Pine Rivers United at Sutton Park.
Popular English import Ryan Adekoya New boosted his season goal tally to 23 after netting another hat-trick.
Western Spirit's Lachlan Jackson also scored three goals in his team's 3-1 victory over Annerley at Kippen Park.
After being held to 1-1 at halftime, the sixth-placed Spirit players responded to a halftime rev-up to overhaul fourth-placed Annerley.
State of play
BPL: Ipswich Knights 2 (Lucas Wilson, Dale Robinson penalty) def Lions 1.
Reserves: Lions 2 def Knights 1 (Beau Finlayson). U18: Lions def Knights 1-0.
CL2: Ipswich City 9 (Ryan Adekoya New 3, Dane Grant 2, Jay Kitching 2, Zygan Condie 1, Nathan Manttan 1) def Pine Rivers United 1; Western Spirit 3 (Lachlan Jackson 3) def Annerley 1. Reserves: Ipswich City def Pine Rivers 4-0, Annerley def Western Spirit 2-0.