Annerley upset Brisbane Knights

By Joseph Ogilvie (@jogilvie17)

Annerley will be breathing easier tonight after a 2 – 1 upset over Brisbane Knights moving them clear of the relegation zone.

Two sides showed up this evening for an intriguing Capital League One clash at the Brisbane Knights Sports Complex.

Rocklea based Brisbane Knights have been pushing for a top four spot on the back of five games undefeated, while Annerley have been looking to push clear of the relegation zone after a mixed season.

Good conditions greeted the players in a field nestled amongst a large industrial area.

The Knights started strongly controlling much of the possession and playing a strong passing game.

There weren’t any clear-cut chances in the first 15 minutes but then the game started to open up.

Annerley displayed a strong defensive structure that withheld heavy and repeated attacks from the Knights forwards.

Then in the 36th minute, against the run of play, Trent Vohland chipped the keeper from just outside the 18-yard box to give Annerley the lead.

Vohland is a new signing for the club having previously played for Taringa Rovers, Lions FC and Logan FC in the Brisbane Premier League.

The Knights continued to press and missed a number of clear opportunities towards the end of the half meaning Annerley took a 1 – 0 lead into the break.

The second half continued much the same with Annerley putting on an impressive defence display in the face of the unrelenting Knights attack.

It looked like it was only a matter of time until the Knights put one away and it finally happened in 80th minute with the Annerley keeping, Luke Sutherland, taking out a player in the box and a fair penalty awarded.

Jay Reid stepped up to the spot and equalised for the Knights.

Annerley struck back almost immediately when a free kick was awarded in the 82nd minute and Jye Magarry capitalised on the Knights failure to clear the ball.

The Knights continued to press and almost scored twice if not for the last ditch efforts of Sutherland, who had a blinder of a game.

The Knights probably looked the better side on the night but as Annerley have done to a number of sides this year, they managed to hold a strong defensive structure and strike on the counter.

Annerley 2 (Trent Vohland 36′, Jye Magarry 83’) v Brisbane Knights 1 (Jay Reid 80’ (pen))

Reserves: Annerley 2 – Brisbane Knights 1