Melbourne Knights break trophy drought

Melbourne Knights have won their first piece of silverware in 18 years after taking out the Dockerty Cup in a 1-0 win over South Springvale at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday. 

The Knights' last trophy came in September 1996 when they defeated Altona Magic 4-2 at Bob Jane Stadium to secure the Dockerty Cup.

18 years later, at the same stadium, Tomislav Uskok scored on 120 minutes to break the hearts of their State League One opponents.

Knights coach Andrew Marth was a player when the club last lifted a trophy and was determined to make up for their Mirabella Cup final loss against Northcote City in 2011.

The game never reached any great heights with South Springvale creating the best chance of the opening 45 minutes, however Knights goalkeeper Michael O'Farrell was on hand to deny Ali Hameed. 

Knights had a goal ruled out on the hour mark for what appeared to be an offside call, despite the assistant referee never raising his flag. 

Former Melbourne Heart youth player Stipo Andrijasevic had a one-on-one chance with former Melbourne Victory youth player Rani Dowisha on 83 minutes but the Springvale goalkeeper made an incredible save to keep the scores locked at 0-0.

The game went in to extra-time and the longer the game went the more difficult it was for Springvale to hold on against their National Premier League opponents.

Extra-time was a fairly even contest until the Knights heaped on the pressure in the latter stages of the second-half and it payed off. 

A dangerous cross was whipped in from the left and following a goal-mouth scramble, Knights clubman Uskok poked home to send the Melbourne Croatia Fans into mad celebration.

*Photo credit: Matt Johnson/The Corner Flag