Redlands share the points

HAT-TRICK: Shuto Kuboyama returned to his goal scoring best with a hat-trick for Redlands United against Brisbane City last Friday evening. Photo: Andrew Hudson
HAT-TRICK: Shuto Kuboyama returned to his goal scoring best with a hat-trick for Redlands United against Brisbane City last Friday evening. Photo: Andrew Hudson

A GOAL in the dying seconds for Brisbane City's Jame Meyer meant both sides would have to share the points in an emphatic 5-5 draw at the Cleveland Showgrounds.

Redlands United coach Nick Dibbs was guttered for his side after they were also able to come from behind twice. 

“There was a lot of added time in the end – very similar to the World Cup – a lot of goals are scored at the end," he said.

“You just have to clear your lines and do the correct thing. I am very disappointed for them and we probably deserved the three points but these things happen.

“All in all I have to be pleased with the performance, the character and reaction from the lads but I am disappointed with just a point. Maybe before the game I would've taken that,” Dibbs said.

Brisbane City took the early lead with newly signed forward Adam Edgar getting on the scoreboard but it did not put Redlands on the back foot as they were able to create their own chances. 

Heading into the half-hour mark and the referee points to the penalty spot after a City player was clearly brought down in the box but a Sam Sibatuara spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Andy Ralph before defenders cleared it from danger.

Continuous pressure from City eventually paid off as Edgar got his second after he was able to control the ball and slot it pass Ralph.

Redlands were forced to make a substitution after midfielder Scott Sargent, who was involved in a heavy challenge, was forced to come off with a knee injury and his replacement Shuto Kuboyama made an instant impact.

Kuboyama's first touch of the ball resulted in a goal before he claimed his second three minutes later after a misdirected header found his feet in the box.

Redlands were able to head to the sheds in high spirits after drawing the game level and within a few seconds of coming back for the second half Kuboyama had his hat-trick giving Redlands the lead. 

“I had a good chat with Shuto, looking at what he would come up against but he came on a bit earlier than anticipated due to Scott's injury,” Dibbs said.

However, it didn't take long for City to hit back as Preston Hugo levelled the scores once again before former Brisbane Roar man James Meyer put his side in the lead after a cross into the box missed everyone and found Meyer at the back post.

Redlands weren't finished though as Connor Mcauley found Uche Iheruome, who was only cleared to play for the club on Thursday, in the box to draw the scores level before Uche got his second five minutes later to put Redlands in the lead.

However, City weren't about to let Redlands steal the three points as former Brisbane Roar man James Meyer tapped it home.