Red Devils look to battle Brisbane City

GAME ON: Kado Aoci takes on the ball for Redlands. Photo:Andrew Hudson.
GAME ON: Kado Aoci takes on the ball for Redlands. Photo:Andrew Hudson.

The National Premier Leagues competition has reached the halfway point. Redlands United will start the second half of the competition at home this Friday night against Brisbane City with a point to prove.

The Red Devils are coming off a hectic schedule over the past week when they travelled out to Richlands last Wednesday to take on second-placed Lions FC. They came away with a draw and were unlucky to not take the full points, conceding a goal in the last few minutes of the game to give Lions a draw. The Red Devil's led at the halftime break by one goal to nil, thanks to a Shuto Kuboyama goal. The score-line could have even been more in favour of the home side with Redlands hitting the post a couple of times and were very unlucky not to have scored from other opportunities.Eastern Suburbs pulled a goal back early to level the score at 1 all through Jordan Farina. Despite the horrendous conditions the game progressed from end to end with both sides pushing on. It was Kuboyama who once again gave the Red Devil's the lead in the 77th minute with a superb strike.

As the game progressed in the torrential downpour, it was Farina once again who managed to level the score-line for Easts with a minute to go. The game continued to go from end to end as both sides pressed on for the victory. Unfortunately for the Red Devil's, it was Easts who managed to push the ball over the line in the second minute of extra time much to the anguish of all the home fans who had braved the wet and wild conditions.

After the game Redlands United's assistant Coach Nick Dibbs said, "Disappointing night obviously, I thought the young lads at the back did really well stepping in," he said.

"It was a bit of a rearranged side due to a few injuries. We have to learn to hold out and hold on to leads. Up 2-1 and then giving it away losing 3-2 at the death. The boys have to learn from that. Obviously it has been a real busy schedule for us, coming off a good night at lions Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw. Well done to the young lad stepping in and now we hope our injury toll eases up and we can get a few more players back on the pitch."