Words | Effie Caloutas
Northcote City bounced back from defeat at South Melbourne in style courtesy of an astonishing five-goal haul by striker Braedyn Crowley to defeat Melbourne Knights 5-0 at John Cain Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon.
In an impressive outing for Northcote, the home side started brightly through Crowley who slotted the ball across Knights keeper Michael O’Farrell into the bottom corner just four minutes into the first half.
With a 1-0 lead, Northcote were unlucky not to be 2-0 up after Marcus Duncan’s header was blocked off line by team mate Michael Karvouniaris who was stretching to get the final touch.
However, just minutes later the hosts scored their second after a horrendous backpass by Knights defender Damien Miskulin allowed Crowley to pounce and roll the ball into an open net in the 18th minute.
From there, Crowley continued to dominate finding some space after a deft through ball from Anthony Ramzy to score Northcote’s third in the 25th minute to add to the Knights’ misery.
With the win already secured with a 3-0 lead by half time, Northcote continued to dominate with Crowley causing more pain for the Knights after tapping home a cross by new recruit Borbor Sam at the back post just seconds after the restart to enhance the lead to 4-0.
Jason Hicks had a good opportunity to score a consolation goal for the away side in the 63rd minute, but a shot into the side netting from close range summed up a horror day for the Knights.
Crowley found the net yet again after another backpass allowed him to nip in ahead of O’Farrell in the 72nd minute in what was City’s best performance for the season.
Northcote will now be looking for back-to back-wins when they meet Pascoe Vale at CB Smith Reserve on Friday night.