Red Devils back in the winners circle
Redlands United are back in the winners circle after forward Alex Warrilow bagged a hat-trick during a come from behind victory against North Queensland United (NQU).
After a string of losses including bowing out of the FFA Cup, the Red Devils have sealed the three points in a 3-1 victory.
Redlands were without central defender Lloyd Harrington who is out with an injury.
NQU opened the scoring after captain Corey Walpes was able to invade Redlands defenders and intercepted a wayward Redlands pass to hit the ball in the back of the net.
But after halftime, Redlands saw Jake Sherwood and Jayden Prasad take to the field in replacement of Scott Sargent and Luke Hendrix which changed the game.
Warrilow was able to capitalise on Redlands possession within the second half to score a goal to draw the game level.
There was a moment of riskiness from goalkeeper Matt Tubbs, who only signed with the club a couple of weeks ago, when he came forward then quickly had to turn around and chase the ball, narrowly diving on the ball in time to make the save.
Not long after, NQU called for a penalty but the referee waved it away and Redlands were able to capitalise as Warrilow had his second of the match with a 25m shot which the keeper failed to save.
He got his hat-trick four minutes later as he beat the NQU defenders and all but secured Redlands the three points.
Redlands continued piling on the pressure as Warrilow tried to find his fourth but the bar was over the crossbar.
Unfortunately, Shuto Kuboyama left the field with an injury 10 minutes from fulltime and with no substitutes, Redlands were forced to play with only 10 players.
Thankfully, Kuboyama wasn't on the sidelines for too long and returned to the match.
Redlands head to Mackay next weekend to face the Mackay Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United.