Cairns take points against Redlands

25 Feb 2018

Cairns FC have their maiden home NPL win after defeating Redlands United 3-2 on Saturday night to take all three points.

 

Redlands trialled the game early before leaving it late to score two goals in the space of three minutes. 

 

Redlands United coach Nick Dibbs said the early goal hurt the team.

 

"The first half got changed because of the goal in the first three minutes and they never got their heads right," he said.

 

"They got themselves in a bit of a state to be quite honest," Dibbs said.

 

The weekend started will all but three games cancelled due to the wild weather across Queensland but Redlands were still able to make the trip up north.

 

Redlands saw the return of Scott Sargent against his former team who missed last weeks game due to injury. 

 

Cairns came out firing as Josh Taylor had his double in the first 45 minutes before they continued to dominate the game in front of goal with a number of chances.

 

Both teams battled it out in the second half with Cairns looking to seal the tree points while Redlands were looking to fight their way back into the match. 

 

 

However, it was Jamie Carroll who ensures Cairns would have their maiden win after he headed home a corner but Redlands weren't ready to give up. 

 

"Halftime the game changed and they had a clear view of what we had to do, nothing tactically changed but the attitudes changed and their mentality and belief in each other," Dibbs said.

 

Redlands had a number of chances during the second half but it was one of those days 

 

Forward Shuto Kuboyama continued his goalscoring with his eighth in four matches to stay in the lead for the Golden Boot after Alex Warrilow's free kick found the feet of Kuboyama. 

 

Graham Fyfe then put another one away in added time but Redlands had left their comeback too late.

 

"We got to take some strength in the fact we do keep coming from behind and we have this never say die, never give up attitude but to me, its not so much the never say die attitude, I think it is a belief in our ability and what we are about," Dibbs said.

 

"From the first minute of the 90 not leaving to the last 45 minutes," he said.

 

Redlands will be back at the Cleveland Showgrounds on Friday night when they face Brisbane Roar Youth. 

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