Dou­glas Utd in de­ci­sive vic­tory to start sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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