"The Redland derby produced a scintillating cup-tie that would have had any supporters on the edge of their seats. These two foes traded blows like aging prize fighters - we score, they score, we score, they score - with Ramblers demonstrating strength at set-pieces and Redstar breaking quickly on the counter-attack. With the score locked at 4-4 the match looked destined for penalties but with five minutes to go it was Redstar who snatched the all-important fifth goal to go through to the next round. On another day it could so easily have gone the other way. A terrific match played in a great spirit, and we thank Ramblers for both refereeing the match for the first four minutes of the game and for generously calling an early half-time to allow our goalie to receive some treatment following an injury. They’re a credit to the league. "
Redland Ramblers Report:
" A much changed Ramblers team under new management kicked off this first game of the season against friendly foes Red Star Republic. Ramblers started the better team with more of the possession and more chances but lacking the final killer pass. A Red Star breakaway gave them an early lead that was soon doubled. A Redland cross cum shot made it 2-1 at half time.
The second half went 3-1, 3-2, 4-2 but Redland were still playing good football and pressing forward. Two Redland goals brought the scores level as we neared 90 minutes and the prospect of penalties. Another Red Star breakaway led to two close range shots being stopped by Andy 'The Cat' in goal for Redland. Unfortunately the ball dropped kindly to a Red Star forward to tap in a late winner.
A great Corinthian game although Redland will understandably feel hard done by the final outcome."