Redlands United are back in the winner’s circle as they end an unlucky losing run with a vital 3-2 home win against the Brisbane Strikers FC.
Tuesday night the Red Devils play FQPL competition leaders Brisbane City FC in the FFA Cup at Compass Grounds in Cleveland with a 7.30pm kick off.
Last Friday Redlands United played their old sparring partners Brisbane Strikers FC in a must win National Premier League Men’s clash at home at the Compass Grounds.
In a fast paced, hard encounter the game seemed to go from end to end with neither team giving an inch, the home fans were on fire, cheering the Red Devil’s home.
Against the run of play the Strikers opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Redlands keeper Duncan Short made a fine diving save only to see the rebound fall to the Strikers Tomoki Asakawa to tap it in. The Red Devils equaliser came in the 36th minute after Carlton Westerdale was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. Guil Santana stepped up and dispatched the penalty to put the home side on equal terms. The score remained locked at one all at half time.
When play resumed the game continued in much the same manner with Redlands playing some nice passing football. But once again the Strikers took the lead in the 75th minute as again it was Asakawa on the spot to slot the ball into the corner of the net after a scramble in the box following a corner.
Their lead did not last long as Redlands equalised in the 83rd minute when a long diagonal ball from James Piercy, who had just come onto the field, found Ryo Emoto who beat the advancing keeper to the ball, found Salomon Lukonga whose effort was stopped on the line by a defender, only for Emoto to slip in and tap it home.
Redlands continued to push forward looking for the winner. On the 86th minute Jamie Dibbs moved into space down the right and crossed in for Carlton Westerdale to head home the winner for the Red Devils .
Three of Redlands 4 games this season has been against teams in the top 6 of the competition and this victory builds the team’s confidence going into the knockout FFA Cup clash with Brisbane City.
After the game Redlands NPL Head Coach Richard Greer commented, “The game was a great result against the Brisbane Strikers. The boys showed huge amounts of determination and hunger to win the game. Fighting back from a goal down on two occasions to win is a credit to the players. Everyone played their part in helping us take the 3 points“.
Celebrations over the much needed victory were loud but short lived as the side’s focus now moves to Tuesday Night’s FFA Cup knockout clash.
Redlands United are calling for their supporters to turn out in force for this mid week clash and cheer loud and proud for the Red Devils.