Last Saturday Redlands United made the trip down the M1 to the Gold Coast as they continued their preparations for the 2021 National Premier League (NPL) season when they played Gold Coast Premier League side Broadbeach FC.
The Red Devils were still without a number of players due to minor injury worries but Head Coach Richard Greer was still able to field a strong side.
A goal early in the first half by recent signing, Jackson Hall, following some great team build up play, gave the Red Devils an early 1-0 lead.
The score line could have been more except for some great last ditch defending and some fine saves by the Broadbeach Keeper which kept the Red Devils out and limited the score to 1-0 at the break.
With the 2nd half continuing on much the same lines as the 1st, Guil Santana extended the lead for the Red Devils mid way through the 2nd half, solidly finishing off some great team play.
Broadbeach were a very determined side and continued to pressure the Redlands defense but Redlands Keeper, Joel D’Cruz, stood firm in goals with a well marshaled defense, as the Red Devils ran out winners 2 goals to nil.
After the game Redlands United’s NPL Head Coach Richard Greer commented, “Saturday night was another step forward in our preparations for the season. Broadbeach is always a tough place to go and get a result. I was pleased with the way we applied ourselves and stuck to our principles in attack and defence. Hopefully we can continue to progress as we near the start of the season. “
In the early games, the Under 23’s saw Redlands United also claim victory with a 5-3 result over Broadbeach’s Reserve Grade side. The Under 18’s earned a hard fought 2-2 draw against another Broadbeach Men’s side.
Next Saturday the Red Devils are at home in their final pre-season hitout as they play host to Wolves FC at the Compass Grounds. The game kicks off at 7pm with the Under 23’s at 5pm and Under 18’s at 3pm.