Redlands downed but not out

Despite their chances, Redlands United have gone down 3-0 to Brisbane Roar Youth on Sunday night.

A brace from Mirza Muratovic and a late strike from Bryce Bafford sealed the three points for Roar.

It didn't take long for Roar to get the opening goal as Muratovic tapped in the ball from close range after a miscommunication in the Redlands defence in the opening minutes of the match.

While Roar continued to look dangerous going forward, Redlands started to create chances.

Alex Warrilow and Jake Sherwood had the best chances for the side in the first half but couldn't convert their shots and their defence down the other end of the pitch was able to keep Roar at bay going into halftime.

When the whistle blew for the second half, Roar came out firing as Lleyton Brooks shot skimmed across the face of the goal.

However, despite the strong start from Roar, Redlands weren't sitting back as Shuto Kuboyama and Robert Irving both had chances.

Roar were able to double their lead not long after Redlands shots on goal with Muratovic smashing the ball into the back of the net after good build-up play from Brooks.

Roar Goalkeeper Macklin Freke kept Redlands from scoring, especially with his save against Chad Swieca who had a point-blank shot.

The 10 minutes following the save were quiet from both team but Bafford ensured Roar would be walking away from the game with three points.

It's the second loss in a row from Redlands and comes after the 6-2 loss last weekend at the hands of Carins FC.

Thankfully, losses for both North Queensland United and Sunshine Coast FC Fire have kept Redlands out of the relegation zone this round.

Upcoming matches against Fire, North Queensland and Magpies Crusaders FC, will all be vital to avoiding relegation this season.

First up of the three is Fire on Saturday evening back at the Cleveland Showgrounds at 7pm.

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