Redlands United continue their National Premier League season this Friday evening in the rain delayed Round 12 clash against Gold Coast United. The Red Devils make the trip down the coast to United’s Tallebudgera base for a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Last weekend the Red Devils had the bye, so the first team were looking forward to the invitational pre-season hit out against the Brisbane Roar A League team.
This was the Roar’s new coach Robbie Fowler’s first chance to see his team in a match situation.
Redlands fielded a strong team and worried the more accomplished Roar side for much of the first half. The strong westerly wind did not make for a good footballing spectacle, but both sides adapted reasonably well.
The Roar went ahead as early as the 11th minute through Mirza Muratovic, but the Red Devils then came on strong.
Redlands Godfrey Debele made terrific inroads down the left flank, outpacing the muscular Roar defensive markers, got his cross in, but, alas, to no avail.
This was the start of some excellent pressure from the Redlands strike force, with Kado Aoci making a strong 50 metre run through the middle of the Roar defence, but his shot skimmed the bar.
Shortly after, Kado’s strike partner Shuto Kuboyama, also got a shot away but the strong wind carried it well over the crossbar.
Just after the half hour, Debele went again on a very strong run down the left with the goal begging, only to have his shirt pulled practically off him, the Roar player receiving a yellow card for his troubles.
Shortly after this, the Roar scored their second goal through Rahmat Akbari to go into the break at half-time leading 2-0.
Both sides made a number of changes for the second half which made for a slightly disjointed few minutes.
The outstanding player for Redlands was goal keeper Jack Richards who made many saves, some at point blank range to keep the score respectable from Redlands point of view. When he was replaced with 10 minutes to go, he received a well earned round of applause from the 2200 strong crowd in attendance at the match.
He was replaced by 18 year old Joel D’Cruz who also certainly made his mark pulling off 2 point blank saves in his cameo role on the park.
The Roar did score a third goal, when Welshman Aaron Amadi-Holloway coolly finished from a tight angle after being played in by fellow new boy Brad Inman despite the lead up play looking suspiciously offside, making the full-time score 3-0 to the Roar.
Despite this scoreline, the Red Devils definitely created some good chances but the well organized Roar defence made them hurry their shots and so keep the Redlands scoreless.