Redlands United are set to begin their National Premier League (NPL) 2021 season on Sunday away against Moreton Bay United.
The signing of new coach Richard Greer and a totally revamped team lineup has the squad looking up. Ahead of the season, Redlands have been preparing with a series of games which has seen the new look side develop structure, team awareness, team play and cohesiveness.
Last Saturday the Red Devils finalised their 2021 preparations when they played host to FQPL side and local rivals Wolves FC. The Red Devils were still without a couple of players due to minor injury worries but Head Coach Richard Greer still fielded a strong side.
Wolves got on the score sheet early when poor defending from a set play allowed the visitors to take an early lead.
This seemed to spark the Red Devils into action and seemed to dominate the play and continued to apply pressure on the Wolves goal.
Late in the half livewire Ryo Emoto earned the home side a penalty when he was brought down in the box. Shuto Kuboyama stepped up and made no mistake to level the scores.
The score line could have been more in favour of the home side except for some great last ditch defending and some fine saves by the Wolves Keeper which kept the Red Devils out and the score locked at a goal apiece at the break.
With the 2nd half continuing on much the same lines as the 1st finished, a James Bonomi’s pin point free kick found Carlton Westerdale at the far post whose diving header made no mistake to give the Red Devils a deserving 2-1 lead.
Wolves pressed hard looking to get something out of the game but the Red Devils held firm
Wolves were a very determined side and gave the Red Devils the hard final hit out that they were looking for.
After the game Redlands United’s NPL Head Coach Richard Greer commented, “Tonight’s game was another step in the right direction. I was really happy with the reaction after conceding a goal very early off a set piece. Overall, we are pleased with the result in a game where we created a number of chances and probably should have scored more. The boys are looking forward to Round 1 next week against Moreton Bay and hope to see as many people from Redlands there to support us.“
In the early games, the Under 23’s saw Redlands United go down in a very tight affair 3 -4 and the Under 18’s earn a hard fought 6–2 victory over Wolves FC.
Redlands United play their first game away this week at Albany Creek against Moreton Bay United on Sunday with a 4pm kickoff, before returning for their first home game of the season at the Compass Grounds in Cleveland against NPL powerhouse side Peninsula Power.