Photos (Top to Bottom): Knights' Matthew Nowicki (left) tackles a Taroona opponent; Amadu Koroma (second from left) watches tonight's game with some mates; Corey Smith lies injured; A Taroona player tries to halt a Knights attack; Knights start a build-up from the back [PlessPix]
Glenorchy Knights beat Taroona 5-0 in a friendly match at Prince of Wales Bay this evening.
It was the Knights’ final hit-out before they take on Melbourne Knights of the Victorian Premier League at KGV Park on Saturday at 6pm.
Alex Holmes opened the scoring, while Matthew Nowicki added a second before the break.
Further goals by Andrew Robb and two by Brendan Garth completed the tally.
Taroona, who fielded a very young side, had few chances, although Hugo Luttmer and Marcus Atkinson did keep the Knights’ defence on their toes at times.
Taroona rattled the Knights crossbar late in the match but were unable to find a way past Ben Peter, Alex Holmes, Robbie Bolonja and Anthony Grundy at the back for Knights.
The Knights were without several senior players from last season, including Jade Clay, Jackson Marsh, Josh Fielding, Amadu Koroma, Mynonge Kamba, Juma Barabara, James Hope and Will Roberts.
Koroma, who has just been signed by Melbourne Knights and will play against his former club on Saturday, was an interested spectator at tonight’s game.
New signing from Metro, Jason Dawes, watched the match but was unable to participate because of injury.
Corey Smith was injured in the course of the match and appeared in agony when he went down. He suffered a foot injury but should be fit for Saturday’s match.
Knights are conducting a media conference at KGV Park at 11am on Friday featuring Amadu Koroma.
He has signed a one-year full-time contract with the Melbourne outfit, which last visited Hobart in 2007.
They played Glenorchy Knights at KGV Park as part of the Glenorchy club’s 50th anniversary celebrations and won 2-1.
Before that, Melbourne Knights played Perth Glory at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium in a National Soccer League match in 2002.