Moreton Bay United too strong as Red Devils go down 5-1 in National Premier Leagues

AN injury-hit Redlands United were unable to fight back from a 2-0 half-time deficit in their National Premier Leagues clash with Moreton Bay United on Saturday, going down 5-1 at home.

POWERFUL: Redlands United captain Sam Langley with the ball at his feet during Saturday night's game against Moreton Bay United at the Compass Grounds. Photo: Ray Gardner

POWERFUL: Redlands United captain Sam Langley with the ball at his feet during Saturday night's game against Moreton Bay United at the Compass Grounds. Photo: Ray Gardner

It means the Red Devils remain in the competition's bottom three, with two wins and 12 losses to their name after 14 matches.

Moreton Bay United started strongly at the Compass Grounds, scoring twice within the first 30 minutes of the game through Wil Edmiston and Joseph Scott.

The Red Devils looked in with a chance of getting back into the contest at half-time, but Emryn Donnelly-Fagan and Linden Farr put the result beyond doubt for the visitors with goals in the 73rd and 76th minute.

Declan Smith sealed the game for Moreton Bay in the last 10 minutes before Redlands player of the match Carlton Westerdale stepped up to grab a late consolation goal.

SHINING LIGHT: Redlands United shot-stopper Joel D'Cruz had a good game for the Red Devils, making a number of vital saves. Photo: Ray Gadmer

SHINING LIGHT: Redlands United shot-stopper Joel D'Cruz had a good game for the Red Devils, making a number of vital saves. Photo: Ray Gadmer

The Red Devils were without five players for the clash, including about four of their regular starters.

Coach Richard Greer said it was a frustrating result but the team could take positives from the match.

"Defensively, when we had the ball they hurt us," he said.

"They were clinical, good on the break, but there were moments. If we got that goal just after half-time ... we're back in the game."

Shot-stopper Joel D'Cruz was a shining light for United, pulling off some impressive saves to keep Redlands in the match including several before Moreton Bay's second goal.

The game was a back and forth contest despite the two teams being at opposite ends of the NPL table.

"Fair play to Moreton Bay they are a good side, but we'll re-group and go again next week," he said.

Redlands pushed forward in the last quarter of the game, giving up space for the visitors to hurt them on the counter.

Westerdale's late goal came after constant Redlands pressure at the Moreton Bay goal mouth.

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