Melbourne Knights fail at cup campaign

Melbourne Knights
(Photo by: Mikko Robles/MKFC)

By Lance Jenkinson

Melbourne Knights were left devastated after suffering a 1-0 loss to Hume City in the 2019 Dockerty Cup final at a chilly Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

The Knights went a goal down in the 26th minute when Hume City star James Brown unleashed a long-range curling effort over the out-stretched arms of goalkeeper Harry Cakarun.

It would prove a fatal blow to the Knights’ hopes of lifting a 10th Dockerty Cup as the Marijan Cvitkovic-coached side did plenty of attacking in the second half only to draw blanks.

The win gave Hume City its first senior title.

It was the exclamation mark on a bleak week on the field for Melbourne Knights.

The Knights were bundled out of NPL finals contention earlier in the week and sunk 5-2 to A-League side Adelaide United in the FFA Cup round of 32.

However, Knights fans could walk away proud of their team for getting so deep into the cup competitions, even if they ultimately came up short.

It was a much better final experience for Calder United, who completed a three-peat of titles in the women’s Nike FC Cup final on Sunday night. Calder ran out 2-0 winners over Box Hill United at C.B. Smith Reserve.

Calder was in control from the outset, opening its account in the first minute with a goal to Catherine Zimmerman.

Aleks Sinclair put the result beyond doubt for Calder with a powerful header from a corner in the 53rd minute.

Calder captain Emma Robers won the player of the match award.

Calder will return to National Premier League action on Saturday when it visits Southern United.