Dragons kick­ing on to­wards premier­ship

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Dou­glas United Dragons edged a step closer to se­cur­ing the mi­nor premier­ship af­ter de­mol­ish­ing Edge Hill Tigers last week­end.

United scored an un­be­liev­able nine goals, with the keeper al­low­ing just one Edge Hill strike to hit the back of the net.

The com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over the Edge Hill, who were sit­ting sec­ond on the Cairns district soc­cer lad­der, puts Dou­glas in a strong po­si­tion to vie for the mi­nor premier­ship.

Cap­tain Nick Tither scored the open­ing goal in the fourth minute when he headed home from close range.

Shortly af­ter­wards, Viv Stemp showed a cool head to con­trol and despatch a loose ball in­side the Tigers’ penalty area.

A poor start for the vis­i­tors was com­pounded when one of its play­ers was red-carded for de­lib­er­ate hand­ball off the goal line.

The one-man ad­van­tage en­abled United to walk off-field at half­time with a 5-0 score­line.

In the sec­ond half, the home team racked up more goals cour­tesy of Sean Brown, Joe Abe­dini and Dun­can Stemp.

Jor­dan “Rowdy” But­terss earned enough for an­other Man of the Match award for his strong play, de­spite be­ing sub­sti­tuted.

The Dragons take on top-four side Hmong Cairns at home this Fri­day night 8pm.

The side knows that they need to win three and draw one of their next six games to earn the mi­nor premier­ship.

All sup­port­ers, old and new, are urged to sup­port the team at their sec­ond-last home game of the sea­son.

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