Redlands Account for Strikers in FQPL

Last Friday evening the Red Devils prevailed in a tough encounter in Cleveland when they overcame their old adversaries, the Brisbane Strikers 2-0 thanks to a double from Guil Santana.

It was a very hard fought victory against a very strong Brisbane Strikers outfit who did not give an inch.

Before the game the game the sides were joined by Redlands' Ladies Legends, as everyone loined in for a minute of silence and paid their respect to Club Life Member, former Committee Member, Player and Coach of the Legends, Larry Class.

As the game commenced both sides came out of the blocks strongly, neither side giving an inch in defense but still trying to play their usual attacking game. As a result the game flowed quickly from end to end.

With almost 39 minutes gone Redlands opened the scoring. From a throw in deep in their own half, the ball was quickly switched across the park then played down the right to Santana on the edge of the box, who controlled it at pace, cut back around 2 defenders and slotted the ball on the angle into the far bottom corner of the net.

The goal lifted both sides., the Strikers looking to get back on even terms and the Red Devils looking to continue the momentum.

As the music continued to blare out from the adjoining Greazefest event in the adjoining Cleveland Showgrounds, the 1st half ended with Redlands holding a hard fought 1-0 lead.

As the 2nd half commenced the Strikers looked to have come out of the sheds more determined and after only 1 minute a flowing passing move across the field found an unmarked player coming onto the ball with a clear view of goal only for Ryota Sumiyoshi to make up the ground and make a perfectly timed sliding tackle to clear the situation.

A few moments later, Redlands defender Angus Broderick moving the ball out of defense found space and took the ball from box to box before firing off a rocket of a shot that unfortunately went straight into the arms of Luke Borean in the Strikers goal.

The game settled back into the same pattern as the 1st half with the game flowing quickly from end to end and both sides’ defenses not giving an inch in a hard, tough encounter.

Finally on 86 minutes Redlands had their 2nd goal. James Bonomi won the ball in a tight tussle in the middle of the park and played it forward to Ryo Emoto who quickly sent it on to Santana on the edge of the box who cut around his defenders and calmly slotted it past Borean into the corner of the goal giving Redlands a 2 goal lead with only a few minutes left in the game.

Strikers had developed a reputation as comeback kings during this season and increased the pressure on the Redlands defense continuing to push forward looking for something, but the Redlands defense dug deep and held firm right to the final whistle.

The final 2-0 score was an important victory for the Red Devils with only a few games left in the season.

Redlands Head Coach Graham Harvey was pleased with his side’s performance and commented, “I thought it was our best performance this season. I thought without the ball we worked so hard which then sets the platform for us to go and score the goals that we did, so we're really pleased for the boys. We have 3 big games to go to go on and win the league which is our ambition.”

Redlands Man of the Match was our hardworking defender Noah Hitchcock.

Next weekend Redlands are on the road off to Mackay for the Round 20 clash against the in-form Magpies Crusaders United, in Mackay at 7pm in crucial encounter for both sides.

Redlands United FC

1. Ryan Govan, 2. Dylan Brent, 3. Max Ellenger, 6. Sam Langley ( C ), 7. Guil Santana, 9. Ben Njie,

10. Ryo Emoto, 12. Noah Hitchcock, 13. Angus Broderick, 15. Liam O’Bryan, 19. Ryota Sumiyoshi

Subs. 5. Mitch Bird, 11. Ryan Hughes, 14. Deanne Alterio, 17. James Bonomi, 24. Daniel Varma

Red Devils Guil Santana scored both of Redlands goals in their 2-0 defeat of The Brisbane Strikers FC.

Photo Ray Gardner