On a cool Saturday evening Redlands United continued their current run of good form to overcome the Magpies Crusaders United from Mackay 7-0 at Compass Grounds in Cleveland.
To finalize a full day of celebrations for Female Football Week at the Club, the team was escorted out by the club’s young female players and the Red Devils wanted to put on a display for them.
As the game commenced, Redlands had the ball in the net after only 30 seconds. Guil Santana chased down a blocked Magpies clearance, took it to the goal line and cut it back to Ryo Emoto, who then squared it on to the oncoming Ryota Sumiyoshi and he made no mistake and slotted it home to open the scoring for the Red Devils.
The first 20 minutes of the 1st half was a fast paced passing game conducted in the main between the two goal boxes with Redlands goalkeeper Joel D’Cruz mostly kept to cutting out crosses.
After 22 minutes of play Redlands put in a deep cross with the Magpies Keeper doing well to tip past the post to keep it away from the fast approaching Emoto.
The Redlands corner came to nothing but as Magpies were running the ball out of defense Emoto regained possession of the ball, moved it across field and found Santana whose fancy footwork found him open in front of goal as he drilled the ball into the net to double the Red Devils lead.
After a short period of complacent play by the Red Devils, Magpies managed to get behind the Redlands defense and forced D’Cruz to make a good snap save. This snapped the Red Devils out of their complacency.
On 32 minutes Santana got his second goal and made it 3-0 to the home side. Following some great team lead up play, Emoto was stopped in the box but Santana following through calmly slotted the stationary ball into the net.
Just before half time Redlands had the ball in the net again only for Ben Njie to be adjudged to have drifted offside on his run. The score line remained 3-0 in favour of Redlands at the break. The Red Devils had worked hard as a team during the 1st half to limit scoring opportunities for the visitors.
During the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half both sides created scoring opportunities but were unable to capitalize on them due to a combination of good scrambling defenses and good saves by the keepers.
On 72 minutes Redlands were now playing their fast paced passing game and Emoto managed to get in front of his defender and was brought down in the box. Penalty Redlands. With Emoto receiving treatment after the tackle, Dylan Brent stepped up and made no mistake to give Redlands a 4-0 lead.
Just five minutes later a good cross field pass by Emoto found Deane Alterio out wide right, he held up play, went round his defender and crossed to Santana at the near post who slipped it past the hapless keeper for his hat-trick and Redlands 5th goal.
Redlands continued pressure told again when with 82 minutes gone some good team passing allowed Alterio to skip past 2 defenders and slide the ball through to Santana who took the ball into the box, rounded a defender and had no problem picking up his 4th goal and Redlands 6th.
With 2 minutes left on the clock a long ball from defense allowed Byron McLeod to nod the ball into the path of the fast approaching Santana, who easily outpaced 2 defenders and gave the keeper no hope with his shot, to secure his 5th goal for the game and Redlands 7th goal. When the full time whistle sounded Redlands had run out 7-0 victors over the Magpies Crusaders United.
After the match Redlands Head Coach Graham Harvey commented, “It's always nice to win at home by a big margin and a clean sheet. However in all honesty I was actually disappointed with our performance without the ball. In the coming weeks I'm expecting more from this group. ”
Redlands Man of the Match was announced as our 5 goal scorer No 7 Gil Santana.
Next weekend we are on the road to Ipswich’s to Briggs Rd Sporting Complex, where we meet in-form Western Pride FC next Saturday, 14 May in our Round 10 FQPL 1 fixture at 6pm with the Under 23’s at 3.45pm.
Redlands United FC
20. Joel D’Cruz, 2. Dylan Brent, 6. Sam Langley ( C ), 7. Guil Santana, 8. Gabriel Hawash, 9. Ben Njie,
10. Ryo Emoto, 12. Noah Hitchcock, 13. Angus Broderick, 15. Liam O’Bryan, 19. Ryota Sumiyoshi
Subs. 1. Ryan Govan, 3. Max Ellenger, 11. Ryan Hughes, 14. Deanne Alterio, 21. Byron McLeod
Red Devils Defender Angus Broderick kept the ball moving forward and drove Redlands into attack throughout the game in Redlands 7-0 defeat of Magpies Crusaders United. Photo Ray Gardner