Dragons fire off a big win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Skill­ful: Chris Nielsen was man of the match in the Dou­glas United Dragons’ 4-0 win over Mar­lin Coast Rangers.

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