Youth offer complete performance over Redlands United
Brisbane City’s Youth side eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Redlands United at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Monday night, a performance described by coach Craig Collins as their most complete 90 minutes of the season.
First half goals from Thomas, Mikkola and Gibbs handed City a 3-1 lead at the break after Redlands had earlier pulled level though a dipping Hobbs strike that momentarily threatened to spoil City’s night.
A late strike from Bolton added some gloss for City who kept their heads despite weathering some ugly looking challenges from their frustrated visitors in a frantic period midway through the second period.
On a warm, humid evening in Brisbane’s inner north, City looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season against a Redlands side who were sitting in fifth spot on the ladder with three wins and two defeats to their name.
It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the night as Julian Lorenti pulled off a brilliant, one-handed save to deny Carlton Westerdale inside the opening two minutes.
Kye Bolton had two great opportunities to open the scoring for the hosts on the right hand side – the first a glorious curling effort from 25 yards that whistled past the outside of the post, the second a run into the penalty area that he flashed across the face.
But City didn’t have to wait too long for their opener, Bolton crossing into the middle where Max Mikkola’s subtle flick on found it’s way to Owain Thomas who controlled the ball and smashed it home.
Redlands got themselves back on level terms from distance a short while later, a looping Will Hobs effort seemingly deceiving Lorenti with an apparent lack of pace, the ball creeping in under the crossbar despite the City ‘keeper getting a strong touch.
City were in control overall but Lorenti was rarely a bystander, saving a big chance from Hendrix, then recovering brilliantly after spilling a cross to spectacularly to deny Hobbs a second at 1-1, but from that point on City took control and never seriously looked threatened.
After John Kosmina’s senior side suffered a couple of injuries on the weekend, he would have been particularly pleased by the performance of returning star Koh Satake who wrested control of the game though the midfield in an assured and comfortable display.
Max Mikkola too was having a sensational first half up front alongside Bolton and Thomas, every flamboyant touch brimming with attacking intent. His performance was capped with a fine goal, the youngster guiding the ball down in the penalty area with his back to goal before smashing it in past Bouchier on the turn.
City had a spectacular third not long after, Jesse Gibbs drawing murmurs of appreciation from the crowd by launching a thunderbolt from the edge of the area that flew into the top corner off his left boot as he raced onto a loose ball and struck without breaking stride.
Gibbs had a gotten a taste for the extravagant and proceeded to hit the crossbar from a deflected free kick shortly after the break as City continued to control proceedings in the second period, although Redlands weren’t done quite yet themselves, Tomlinson surprising Lorenti with a thunderous drive that rattled the crossbar himself from outside the box.
The game became scrappy for a spell in the second half, as a frustrated Redlands side regularly interrupted play with some ugly looking challenges.
The incident that sparked the unpleasantness came just ten minutes after the break, Riley Cairns incredibly fortunate to remain on the field after he kicked at Gibbs’ head after knocking him to the ground in full sight of the referee who deemed a flurry of yellow cards punishment enough after both sides rushed in to engage in a shoving match.
Tomlinson was next to draw the ire of the referee for a crude hack at Mikkola, yellow again the card when red would perhaps have been a more appropriate punishment, a case being made strongly by an outraged City bench.
Despite the game almost threatening to descend into a verbal slanging match, both teams decided to let their feet do the talking – Redlands’ substitute Hughes stinging the palms of Lorenti with a fierce drive that the City ‘keeper did well to deflect over the bar before Sartori showed his class at the other end by cannoning a shot off the base of the post.
But the last word was to go to Kye Bolton who let his cool finishing do the talking for him, capping a good night for both he and City as they completed the sweep over Redlands United.
City’s Youth are back in action on Saturday evening again Sunshine Coast FC at Corporate Travel Management Stadium at 4:30pm prior to the senior NPL Queensland clash.
In case you missed it…
On Saturday Brisbane City ran out 2-1 winners over Redlands United. Check out the match report here.
Prior to the senior match, the Under 18’s recorded a 7-1 win over their Redlands counterparts. Read the full report of that game here.
National Premier Leagues Queensland Under 20’s
Brisbane City 4-2 Redlands United (HT 3-1)
Corporate Travel Management Stadium
Monday 19th March 2018
City – Thomas 9’ – 1-0.
Owain Thomas pounces on the loose ball after Mikkola’s goal-bound flick from Bolton’s right sided cross is saved.
Redlands – Hobbs 20’ – 1-1.
Will Hobbs loops a shot towards goal from 25 yards out which deceives Lorenti in flight and creeps in under the crossbar.
City – Mikkola 29’ – 2-0.
Max Mikkola brings a waist-high cross down in the penalty area, before smashing the ball home on the turn.
City – Gibbs 37’ – 3-1
The ball falls to Gibbs on the edge of the area, and the City midfielder smashes it into the top corner with his left foot without breaking stride.
City – Bolton 82’ – 4-1
Seb Kaye played the ball wide to Bolton, who benefited from a slip by a Redlands defender before curling a glorious shot past the keeper into the far corner.
Brisbane City: Lorenti, Culpitt, Satake, Hood, Gibbs, Mikkola, Kaye, Cabilan, Falso, Thomas, Bolton. Subs: Daly, K. Feichtner, Sartori, Millard.
Brisbane Roar Youth: Bouchier, Peck, Naidu, Westerdale, Lee, Akinboye, Hobbs, Hendrix, Tomlinson, Varma, Hughes. Subs: Cairns, Belden, Hughes.