Redlands United secured a vital 3 points in the Redlands Derby against Capalaba FC with a vital 3-1 win at the Compass Grounds on Friday night.
Tuesday night the Red Devils play Eastern Suburbs in another vital game, the rescheduled NPL Men’s Round 3 fixture, away at Heath Park and then backup on Sunday evening to take on the high flying Brisbane Roar Youth at home at Compass Grounds in Cleveland with a 6.15pm kick off.
Last Friday in front of a good crowd, Redlands United prevailed in the Local Derby against their old sparring partners and close neighbours Capalaba FC in a must win NPL Men’s clash for both sides.
In a fast paced, hard encounter with neither side giving an inch, the game seemed to go from end to end, the home fans were on fire, cheering the Red Devil’s home.
After a bright opening to the game Redlands supporters could be forgiven for thinking that it was going to be one of those nights. Jamie Dibbs’ 16 minute strike hit the post, rebounded into the back of the goalkeeper only to see it rebound out for a corner, Guil Santana went around the goalkeeper only to have his shot blocked, then key central defender Craig Peck replaced with an ACL injury in the 41st minute.
The Red Devils however remained resolute in their objective and Salomon Lukonga broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute when Dylan Brent’s long 40m diagonal ball allowed Lukonga to out leap his defender and head over the advancing goalkeeper.
Capalaba weren’t to be downcast and continued to pressure the Reds’ goal, but Duncan Short was dominant in goal and marshalled his defence well. The sides went into the half time break with Redlands leading 1-0.
When played resumed the game continued in much the same manner with Redlands playing some nice passing football and Capalaba pressing looking for the equaliser.
In the 66th minute Luke Behan intercepted the ball in his own half split through 2 Capalaba players slid the ball to Ryo Emoto who advanced committed the defence and slid the ball through to Carlton Westerdale out wide ran towards goal and slotted it past the keeper making it 2-0 to the Red Devils.
Despite the score line Capalaba continued to press forward, but Dibbs picked up a bouncing ball on the halfway line and nodded it through to Westerdale who quickly slipped it through to Santana who made no mistake and slotted home to make it 3-0 to the Red Devils.
Redlands continued to push looking to further add to the score line and Capalaba kept pushing and pressing. Capalaba’s determination was rewarded in the 89th minute when Russell Parker rose above his Redlands defender to nod home.
After 3 minutes of extra time the final score was Redlands United FC 3 Capalaba FC 1.
After the game Redlands NPL Head Coach Richard Greer commented, “Friday was a great night for the club. It is always nice to get a win against your local rivals. I was really happy for the players as they deserved the win. I felt we probably should have taken a few more of the chances we created. However, I was really pleased with character and determination the squad showed to get the result. We would like to thank all the Redlands people that came to the game. It was a great night of football.”
Celebrations over the victory were loud but short lived as the side’s focus now moves to Tuesday Night’s rescheduled NPL Men’s Round 3 clash away against Eastern Suburbs and then to the Round 9 fixture at home at the Compass Grounds, against the Brisbane Roar Youth on Sunday evening.
Redlands United are once again calling for their supporters to turn out in force for Sunday’s clash against the high flying Roar and cheer loud and proud for the Red Devils.