Redlands United made their way to the northside of Brisbane on a cold Saturday evening to take on Mitchelton FC in Round 13 of the Football Queensland Premier League 1 (FQPL1) at Teralba Park at Mitchelton.
In contrast to the previous week, right from the kick off Redlands were on the front foot putting Mitchelton under pressure and had their 1st goal within four minutes. Persistent pressure from the Red Devils produced a corner where Dylan Brent’s running header went perfectly into the top far corner of the net.
Mitchelton didn’t drop their heads though and continually pressured the Red Devils throughout the half.
The play was going from end to end as both sides continued to seek attacking opportunities.
The half saw only glimpses of Redland’s usual quick ball speed and overall speed of play as Mitchelton’s tight pressure limited Redlands creative play.
Fittingly Redlands were on the attack within Mitchelton’s half as the referee signaled for half time with the scoreline Mitchelton FC 0 Redlands United 1.
As the 2nd half started Mitchelton came out strong trying to work their way back into the game however the Redlands defense maintained their form and with keeper Joel D’Cruz marshalling his defense, Redlands were able to repel Mitchelton's attacking forays.
Redlands were the ones looking likely to add to the scoreboard as they went closer and closer to extending their lead. As the half commenced Guil Santana fired in a sizzling shot from 25 meters out which stung the Mitchelton’s Keeper’s gloves.
As the game progressed Santana had three further chances to extend the lead but was continually denied.
Finally, it was Ryo Emoto who got the goal Redlands was seeking when on 77 minutes as Mitchelton tried to play out of defense, Emoto chased down a defender and stole the ball, went past the remaining defenders and from an angle slotted the ball past the keeper to extend the Red Devils lead.
Mitchelton didn’t give up though and were looking for a quick reply to get back into the game.
However the last 10 to 15 minutes of the game was all Redlands with Mitchelton trying to get forward.
Mitchelton looked unlikely to get past the scrambling Redlands defense except for almost the last play of the game when Mitchelton scored a goal from an unmarked header from a corner.
A few seconds following the kickoff the referee signaled full time with Redlands United taking the vital 3 points for the win 2-1.
Player of the match was our hard working Japanese maestro Ryo Emoto.
Next weekend Redlands are back at Compass Grounds Cleveland as they play host to Southside Eagles in Round 14 of the FQPL1 on Saturday evening with a 5.15pm. The Under 23’s are on at 3pm.
Redlands United FC
20. Joel D’Cruz, 2. Dylan Brent, 6. Sam Langley ( C ), 7. Guil Santana, 8. Gabriel Hawash,
10. Ryo Emoto, 11. Ryan Hughes 12. Noah Hitchcock, 14. Deanne Alterio, 15. Liam O’Bryan,
19. Ryota Sumiyoshi
Subs. 1. Ryan Govan, 3. Max Ellenger, 9. Ben Njie, 17 James Bonomi, 21. Byron McLeod
Red Devil’s Noah Hitchcock putting pressure on Mitchelton dangerman Shuto Kuboyama.
Photo Ray Gardner