Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
It was a match devoid of clear-cut opportunities where both sides failed to effectively test the respective keepers in a scoreless draw after 90 minutes. Redlands custodian made two saves in the shootout to secure his side’s 4-3 win on penalties.
Pride had a goal disallowed on twelve minutes when White was deemed to have been fouled.
White was again put under pressure minutes later as Alastair Wallis connected with Lincoln Rule who made an unmarked run down the then launched a skimming cross that was defused.
Redlands Adam Chandler attempted to play Michael Lee in but the Pride defence closed in and he could only scuff an ineffective shot.
Midway through the first stanza, Pride’s Jordan Lambi was denied by a fantastic tackle from Kai Halliday to deny forward progress.
The most comical moment of the match came when Stephen Green succumbed to a blow in an area that saw most men around the ground cringe in sympathy.
Lambi provided a slide ball for Lincoln Rule who was unable to beat White at his near post. Mitchell Bird against his former side also came close prior to the halftime break.
Midway through the second period, Redlands’ Greg Warden was judged to have handled just outside the box from another Lambi shot on goal. Pride unable to capitalise on the resulting free kick
Five minutes before full-time, Pride had two opportunities to avoid spot kicks. Adam Endean firstly brought out the best in White. Nick Danicic then blocked close a Pride shot close to the line from the resulting corner.
In the shadows of full-time, Chandler at the edge of the box brought down Sean Karambasis. Nathan Bird’s free kick deflected off the wall with White reacting well, flying to his left to keep his side in the hunt.
Both keepers made crucial saves in the penalty shootout after the scores were level at fulltime but White was able to make two saves to Duncan Short’s one to seal his side’s win.
Western Pride 0 v Redlands 0. Redlands 4-3 Western Pride on penalties.
Western Pride: Duncan Short (GK), Alastair Wallis, Joel Haack, Corey Lucas, Doug Brown, Jesse Rigby, Lincoln Rule, Daniel McHenery, Jordan Lambi, Sean Karambasis, Mitchell Bird, Jake Minett, Geoff MacIntyre, Garbriel Hawash, Adam Endean, Dylan Williams (GK).
Redlands: Brendan White (GK), Kai Halliday, Paul O’Brien, Greg Warden, Michael Lee, Russell Woodruffe, Stephen Green, Adam Chandler, Nick Danicic, Igor Sao Jose, Shoheel Khan, Nico Bechar, Graham Fyfe, Scott Dykman, Doyle Bissett, Matt Lugo (GK)