Redlands and SWQ Share Points in FQPL

Sunday afternoon Redlands United made the trip up the range to meet top of the table SWQ Thunder in their Round 5 Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) fixture at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.

The game immediately started going from end to end with both sides feeling each other out. Redlands created the first real scoring opportunity of the game when after some quick one touch passing the ball was put across to the far post but were unable to make it count.

Thunder opened the scoring on 21 minutes after they were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the box.. Redlands keeper Joe D’Cruz guessed the right way and got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out giving the home side the early lead.

Redlands continued pushing forward and were dominating the play, however just before half time, Thunder broke on the counter attack and moved the ball around in front of goal however D’Cruz came out and made a point blank save. Thunder gathered the rebound and their shot was cleared on the goal line by Noah Hitchcock.

Both sides were playing with quick ball movement and a fast style of play. The Red Devils brand of quick one touch football created plenty of opportunities but they just could not find a way to put the ball into the net. The score at half time remained Thunder 1 Redlands 0.

When the 2nd half commenced Redlands came out on the front foot. However, against the run of play Thunder scored on 54 minutes. Redlands refused to give up and continued to push forward and were rewarded in the 57th minute when Max Ellenger scored after a buildup of pressure, to reduce the deficit.

Ryota Sumiyoshi put the Red Devils on even terms on 69 minutes after a scramble in the penalty box he picked up the ball turned his defender and drilled it into the top of the net.

Most of the 2nd half was played in Thunder’s half with Redlands building continuous pressure but were unable to find a winning goal. When the referee blew the final whistle the final score was SWQ Thunder 2 Redlands United 2.

Redlands Man of the Match was defender Dylan Brent.

Redlands focus now turns to a busy week ahead for the Red Devils. Midweek they play their 1st game in the Australia Cup on Wednesday evening, travelling out to North Lakes to take on The Lakes FC. Saturday evening they are on the road again as they travel to Caboolture for their Round 6 FQPL fixture against Caboolture Sports FC at 6pm Saturday with the Under 23’s at 3.45pm.

Red Devils Goalkeeper Joel D'Cruz made some great point blank saves to keep Redlands in the game.

Photo Ray Gardner