A Shuto Kuboyama 2nd half brace helped Redlands United secure their 6th win in a row in the National Premier League competition last Friday evening at the Cleveland Showgrounds. The Red Devils defeated Gold Coast United 3 – 0 to continue their progression up the competition ladder.
On a cool night at the Showgrounds, the 1st half of the Round 27 NPL clash was a tight battle as both sides fought for control of the game with good goal scoring opportunities few and far between.
The teams went into the break with the score line locked at nil all.
Both sides came out after the break looking to take the lead in the game both sides headshots that went narrowly wide of the goalposts
Kuboyama scored the Red Devil's first goal in the 64th minute, when Mikhail Hastings long throw found Kuboyama on the edge of the 18 yard box. He cut inside and beat two defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
From that moment on the game opened up as Gold Coast chased the game looking to get an equalize.
Almost a minute later, Kuboyama almost had his second when Kado Aoci put him through a gap in the Gold Coast defence only for the keeper to make a diving save and pull the ball away from Kuboyama’s feet
Gold Coast continued to press forward. Redlands goalkeeper Jack Richards marshalled his defence well and held firm.
Gold Coast pressing forward just kept creating more opportunities for the Red Devils with Kuboyama down the left and Godfrey Debele down the right, creating havoc amongst the Gold Coast defence.
In the 87th minute Kuboyama scored his 2nd and doubled the Red Devil's advantage when Josh Anderson's long crossfield ball from deep in his own half, found Kuboyama in space who outpaced the Gold Coast defence and slot calmly into the goal to make the score Redlands United 2 Gold Coast United 0.
In the 89th minute Aoci got onto the end of a long clearance and muscled his way through the defence only to have his driving shot well saved by the Gold Coast keeper.
In the second minute of extra time Connor McAuley replaced the tiring Aoci for Redlands United.
Within a minute of coming on and basically the last play of the game, McAuley was played in behind the Gold Coast defence by Kuboyama and easily rounded the keeper to slot home the Red Devil's 3rd goal.
Final score, Redlands United 3 Gold Coast United 0, giving the Red Devil's their 6th NPL win in a row.
Next Saturday Redlands United are away at Albany Creek against Moreton Bay United in Round 28 of the National Premier League.