Dragons fire off a big win
THE Douglas United Dragons extended their unbeaten run to fourteen games with a comfortable 4-0 win over Marlin Coast Rangers last Friday night.
The result came at a cost, however, as striker Dave Mainwaring was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a pair of fractures in his ankle. And for all that the end result looked, and was relatively comfortable, there were times throughout when the Dragons were second best.
Marlin Coast played a neat, short passing game with one of their strikers dropping deep and causing the Dragons defence problems.
For all their pressure, however, the Dragons rearguard limited the opposition to a handful of long range attempts which custodian Gary Fitzgerald was able to watch sail harmlessly wide of his goal.
As has been the case in recent matches, the Dragons made the opposition pay for not taking their chances when in the 16th minute Will Storrar’s goal-bound shot was stopped on the line by a Marlin Coast hand.
Captain Logan Marsh stepped up to take the resulting penalty and although his tame first-up effort was saved he kept his cool to slot home the rebound.
Moments later it was nearly two as a right-wing corner was volleyed towards goal again by Marsh who saw his shot come back off the far post.
It was 2-0 soon after when another corner was only half cleared and fell to Chris Nielsen who smashed the ball into the far corner of the net via a slight defl ection.
Many of his teammates were surprised to see the ball fi nd the back of the net rather than the car park after most of his recent shooting exploits at training.
Two-nil remained the score deep into the second half until John Raffaele, on for the injured Mainwaring, punished a tiring Coast side in the fi nal ten minutes with two well take goals.
The second, in particular, oozed class as a pin point cross from Nielsen was met 18 yards out by Raffaele who stretched to lob the keeper with an audacious volley.
Nielsen’s pin point cross capped of an excellent individual performance from the right back and was rightly awarded the Man of the Match award.
The Dragons play their final home game of the season tomorrow night against Innisfail at Cassowary Park and the boys are hoping for a bumper crowd to cheer the team on.
Champion: Bryce Fabiani, first place in the Boys Cub compound competition.
Skillful: Chris Nielsen was man of the match in the Douglas United Dragons’ 4-0 win over Marlin Coast Rangers.