Redlands United keep NPL dreams alive with 2-1 win over competition heavyweights Gold Coast Knights

REDLANDS United continued their good late season form with a win at the weekend to set up a relegation battle with cross-town rivals Capalaba FC.

WONDERFUL STRIKE: James Bonomi celebrates his wonder goal during Redlands' 2-1 win over NPL heavyweights Gold Coast Knights. Photo: Ray Gardner

WONDERFUL STRIKE: James Bonomi celebrates his wonder goal during Redlands' 2-1 win over NPL heavyweights Gold Coast Knights. Photo: Ray Gardner

Six weeks ago the Red Devils looked a certainty for relegation, however three wins and three draws from the last six games has left them requiring a win from their last game of the season against local rivals Capalaba FC to avoid relegation.

The game at Capalaba's Max Haynes Field on Sunday, October 24 is not to be missed with everything on the table for both sides.

Last Saturday at the Compass Grounds in Cleveland, the Red Devils played host to Gold Coast Knights who were looking to consolidate their spot in the NPL men's top four.

TALENTED PLAYER: Inspirational Redlands skipper Sam Langley has had a big role to play in United's late-season run. Photo: Ray Gardner

TALENTED PLAYER: Inspirational Redlands skipper Sam Langley has had a big role to play in United's late-season run. Photo: Ray Gardner

In a fast paced, hard encounter the visitors were put on the back foot early when after only four minutes Guil Santana was on hand to pick up the rebound, sending the Red Devils to an early 1-0 lead.

The Knights showed why they were one of the early season favourites as they moved the ball around, trying to find a way through the Redlands defence.

But the Red Devils continued to stand firm, with the defence scrambling well and never allowing the visitors to get a clean strike on the ball.

Redlands continued to apply pressure on the visitors, moving the ball around and continually pressing forward.

Right on the brink of half-time Redlands were awarded a free kick 35 meters out from goal. Up stepped James Bonomi, as he had done previously, looking to cross the ball into the goal box.

This time he unleased an almighty strike that cleared the defensive wall and screamed into the net, giving the keeper no chance.

SOLID: Guil Santana heads away another Knights set piece at the weekend. Photo: Ray Gardner

SOLID: Guil Santana heads away another Knights set piece at the weekend. Photo: Ray Gardner

The second half continued in the same attacking manner, when on 52 minutes Knights were awarded a penalty for a hand ball.

Jheison Macuace stepped up for the visitors and made no mistake to the reduce the Red Devils advantage to just the solitary goal.

The game continued in the same vein with both sides looking to secure victory.

Redlands stood firm, seeing the good sized crowd at Compass Grounds come into their own.

They were on fire, cheering on every tackle, pass and shot as the Red Devils secured a 2-1 victory to keep their NPL dreams alive.

Celebrations over the much needed victory were loud but short lived as the side's focus moves to their all or nothing game against Capalaba FC.

Redlands United are calling for their supporters to turn out in force at Capalaba for this must win clash and cheer loud and proud for the Red Devils.

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