On a very wet Saturday evening Redlands United maintained their current run of good form to overcome Ipswich Knights FC 4 nil at Compass Grounds in Cleveland.
After a busy few games on the road, Redlands United were at home and played host to Ipswich Knights in Round 7 of the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL).
Prior to the game both sides paused and joined the crowd for a minute silence in respect of Anzac Day.
As the game commenced, Redlands had the ball in the net after only a few minutes only for it to be ruled out for a very close offside call.
Redlands dominated the 1st half with a fast paced passing game and Ipswich Knights trying to catch out the Red Devils using their pace out wide with fast counter attacks. However most of the play was in the middle of the park or in Ipswich’s half with Redlands goalkeeper Joel D’Cruz mostly kept to cutting out crosses.
After 15 minutes of play Redlands had a series of 4 to 5 goal bound shots either tipped over or around the post by Ipswich’s Goalkeeper Zayne Freiberg, or saved off the line by scrambling defense.
Further Redlands attacks in the 25th minute produced a flowing movement by the Red Devils only for Ryo Emoto’s shot to be tipped over the bar by Freiberg. From the resultant corner the ball was half cleared out to Dylan Brent whose shot skidded past the despairing keeper to open the scoring for the home side.
A few minutes later Guil Santana’s well timed run found him in space and made no mistake to extend Redlands lead to 2 nil.
Redlands were unable to add any more to the score and as the sides went into half time Redlands lead 2 nil with both sides having all to play for in the next 45 minutes.
Just 2 minutes into the 2nd half a Redlands attacking foray by Liam O’Bryan down the left saw the ball moved around in front of goal before Santana put the ball past Freiberg in goals for his second goal of the night and extend Redlands lead to 3 nil.
Ipswich tried to build pressure on the home side but Redlands stood firm and continued to press forward.
On 54 minutes Emoto ran onto a clever head on from Ben Njie towards goal only to be pulled back inside the penalty box leaving the Referee with no option but to award the penalty.
Njie stood up to the take the penalty but Freiberg guessed the right way and produced another great save to again deny the Red Devils.
Continued pressure from the Red Devils on 64 minutes resulted in successive corners. Finally the ball is passed into the middle where Gabriel Hawash made no mistake to extend the lead to 4 nil.
Ipswich managed to put pressure onto the Redlands goal in the last 10 minutes of the game forcing D’Cruz into a couple of saves but Redlands ran out clear winners 4 goals to nil. The scoreline would have been much greater
if not for Ipswich Keeper Freiberg who limited the scoring with a number of good top quality saves to keep the Red Devils at bay.
After the match Redlands Head Coach Graham Harvey was happy with the win and how the team’s performance and commented, “Very happy with the boys and how they played and most of all keeping a clean sheet. Now we will regroup, focus and prepare for next weekend’s game.”
Redlands Man of the Match was announced as our scorer of 2 goals No 7 Gil Santana.
Next weekend it’s a top of the table clash next Saturday, 30 April, as the Red Devils travel out to Perry Park at Bowen Hills as they take on the in form Brisbane Strikers in their Round 8 fixture at 7pm with the Under 23’s at 4.45pm.
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. 3. Max Ellenger, 14. Deanne Alterio, 17. James Bonomi, 21. Byron McLeod, 23. Daniel Varma
Red Devils Guil Santana scored 2 in Redlands 4-0 defeat of Ipswich Knights FC. Photo Ray Gardner