Redlands United late season winning ways continued last weekend taking their NPL season down to the wire.
Six weeks ago the Red Devils looked a certainty for relegation. However three wins and three draws from those six games has left them requiring a win from their last game of the season against local rivals Capalaba FC to avoid relegation. The game at Max Haynes Field at Capalaba on Sunday 24 October will be one not to be missed with everything on the table for both sides.
Last Saturday at the Compass Grounds in Cleveland, the Red Devils played host to Gold Coast Knights who were looking to consolidate their spot in the NPL Men’s top 4.
In a fast paced, hard encounter the visitors were put on the back foot early when after only 4 minutes Guil Santana was on hand to pick up the rebound when a stinging angled shot could only be blocked by the Knights’ keeper and Santana sent the Red Devils to an early 1-0 lead.
The Knights showed why they were one of the early season favorites as they moved the ball around trying to find a way through the Redlands defense. However the Red Devils continued to stand firm and if Knights managed to get the ball through the defense, the Red Devils defense scrambled well and never allowed the visitors to get a clean strike on the ball. Redlands continued to apply pressure on the visitors moving the ball around and continually pressing forward.
Right on the brink of half time Redlands were awarded a free kick 35 meters out from goal. Up stepped James Bonomi, as he had done previously, looking to cross the ball into the goal box. This time however he unleased an almighty strike that cleared the defensive wall and screamed into the net giving the keeper no chance. A huge roar erupted as the home crowd went crazy.
The second half continued in the same attacking manner by both teams. On 52 minutes Knights were awarded a penalty for a hand ball. Jheison Macuace stepped up for the visitors and made no mistake to the reduce the Red Devils advantage to just the solitary goal. The game continued in the same stead with both sides looking to secure the victory. Redlands continued to stand firm and deny Knights. This is where the good sized crowd at Compass Grounds came into their own. They were on fire, cheering on every tackle, pass and shot, cheering the Red Devil’s home for a 2-1 much needed victory keeping their NPL dreams alive.
Celebrations over the much needed victory were loud b
ut short lived as the side’s focus now moves to their all or nothing next game against Capalaba FC on Sunday 24 October at 5pm.
Redlands United are calling for their supporters to turn out in force at Capalaba for this must win clash and cheer loud and proud for the Red Devils.