Preview: Redlands United v Adelaide United
Redlands United v Adelaide United
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Perry Park, Bowen Hills (QLD)
Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Shchetinin
Fourth Official: Casey Reibelt
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TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 5 (Channel 506)
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Redlands United squad: 1.Brendan White (gk), 3.Grant Brix, 4.Kai Halliday, 5.Paul O’Brien, 6.Corey Hopkins, 7.Michael Lee, 8.Russel Woodruffe, 9.Stephen Green, 10.Lucas Chaim, 11.Graham Fyfe, 12.Adam Chandler, 13.Nicholas Bianchi, 14.Nick Danicic, 15.Tyler Bradley-Combe, 16.Igor Sao Jose, 17.Sam Langley, 18.Michael McGowan, 19.Alistar Davis, 24.Jonathon Burrowes (gk)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene Galekovic (gk), 3.Iacopo La Rocca, 4.Dylan McGowan, 8.Isaias, 10.Marcelo Carrusca, 11.Sergio Cirio, 12.Mark Ochieng, 13.Marc Marino, 14.George Mells, 16.Jesse Makarounas, 19.Ben Garuccio, 20.John Hall (gk), 21.Tarek Elrich, 22.Ryan Kitto, 23.Jordan Elsey, 24.Jordan O’Doherty, 26.Riley McGree, 29.Ben Warland, 30.Daniel Margush (gk)
This is the first appearance by Redlands on the national stage in their 99 year history – little wonder their Red Army of fans are super-excited to host the Hyundai A-League reigning champions in what is their biggest ever night.
Redlands have proved a very solid outfit, for example, they scored just five goals in three qualifying matches to secure one of Queensland’s four spots.
Scottish attacking midfielder Graham Fyfe is one to watch, as is ex Manchester United academy player Michael Lee, Brazilian playmaker Igor Sao Jose and Paul O’Brien - they constitute an excellent midfield unit.
It should also be noted - perhaps ominously for their A-League opponents, Redlands only lost 1-0 to the All Whites in a behind closed doors friendly earlier this year.
Redlands are currently sixth on the PS4 NPL QLD ladder and they lost 2-0 to Heat on the weekend. But perhaps the focus is now firmly on the Cup?
What an opportunity to announce themselves on the national stage than against the club that did the double in A-League last season.
And with the exodus of stars from the Adelaide United’s line-up in the off-season Guillermo Amor’s side might just be ripe for the picking in Brisbane this Wednesday night?
The Reds have lost Craig Goodwin, Pablo Sanchez, Bruce Kamau, Stefan Mauk and, just last week, Bruce Djite.
But local products Marc Marino and Ryan Kitto along with defender Ben Garuccio have joined the squad.
With Barcelona legend Amor at the helm Adelaide should have the know-how to negotiate a win in Brisbane, but if you’re a Redlands fan, you might have a sniff of a Cup boilover.
Redlands also has an added incentive to take it to the Reds of Adelaide with the NAB Golden Goals initiative, which will see the Westfield FFA Cup partner give any Member Federation club $2,500 for each goal they score against a Hyundai A-League opponent.