Devils slay City’s finals hopes
Published: August 12, 2017
A late goal to Carlton Westerdale gave Redlands United the three points in a 2-1 win against Brisbane City on Friday night.
It was a must win game for Brisbane City if they wanted to stay in touch with the top four.
Coach Nick Dibbs said he was over the moon with his side’s result.
“We are in a good place and I was really confident going into it,” Dibbs said.
“As I said last week, every game we are going to cause upsets and to be honest at the end of the day the motivation was to stop City getting into the final four.
“It is our job to go and win as many games as possible and the boys did everything we asked,” he said.
Redlands dominated the opening half and were rewarded for their efforts as Adam Chandler played a ball into the box as Graham Fyfe’s shot hit the inside of the post to find the net.
Redlands continued to dominate the remainder of the half but was unable to find the second goal.
Dibbs was forced to make a substitution at halftime as Jake Sherwood succumbed to a rib injury sustained in the first half. Redlands started the second half with the way finished their first and continued to cause problems for City’s goalkeeper, Bon Scott, as he had some shaky moment in goal.
Brisbane City fought their way back into the match after a number of strong chances on goal before the ball was whipped into the back post for Fiechtner to head the ball home.
“In a game of football, every team is going to have their 20 minutes and it does not matter who you play,” Dibbs said.
“Everyone is going to have their moment and you are going to have to deal with that.
“Obviously, they did get the goal which was a little bit disappointing to concede and if you look back we could have been in a more comfortable position at that stage of the game,” he said.
Redlands continued to dig in as Alex Warrilow broke free down the left side of the field into the box and his cross finds Westerdale who scores the winning goal.
Dibbs once again fielded a young side with U20’s players Luke Hendrix and Toby Hughes, both 18-years-old, starting the match.
The relatively young players have the chance to play alongside a number of experienced players in the current squad.
Redlands United will face Brisbane Roar Youth at AJ Kelly Park, Kippa-Ring on Sunday 20 August in their final PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland match of the season.