Douglas Utd in decisive victory to start season
DOUGLAS United could not have wished for a worse start after a ball from the half-way line was launched into the air from a set piece and into the back of the net in the first few minutes against South Side.
But the Douglas defence spent the rest of the game clearing up anything and everything and remained solid.
Within a few minutes the Dragons got a set piece of their own and Matty Smith was executed a neat finish to bring the game level at 1-1 inside the first 10 minutes.
After that Douglas really put on a show and quickly added a second with Glen Johnson making a great run from right back by finishing off some great play down the left-hand side.
Not long after, Jack Miller, starting up front for the night, remained composed enough to knock in a rebound off the woodwork to make it 3-1 at the half.
Not long after the re-start Matty Smith was at it again, twisting and turning into the box before finding the bottom corner and shortly after finding himself free in the box to put the seal on a well deserved hat-trick.
Now at 5-1, South Side heads were clearly beginning to drop but that did nothing to affect the Douglas side captain Ashley Woods made his mark with a sublime finish.
Matty Smith then found himself getting fouled in the box and winning a penalty kick and he made sure he kept his nerve to grab his fourth of the night.
After making great runs in and around the box, Ben Syrett was able to finish off some more good Douglas work and get the game to an 8-1 scoreline.
Douglas then suffering from some tired legs took their foot off the gas and let the game run down until full time and celebrated a great start to the season with an 8-1 away win.
Douglas will now look to carry this momentum into game two of the season at home on Friday night.