Dragons fire up at home
THE Douglas United Dragons have recorded their first victory of the Premiership season after an epic come from behind victory over Mareeba at Cassowary Park on Saturday night.
It was the first time in several years the Dragons have managed to secure a win over Mareeba, with goals from Nick Tither and Ian Marsh enough to secure an excellent 2-1 victory.
The Verri Industries Dragons started the match brightly and won a couple of early corners but were unable to take advantage of these opportunities.
Mareeba then began to impose themselves on the game and took the lead about 20 minutes into the match after a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
It could have been worse for the Dragons as Mareeba continued to push forward while the Dragons themselves struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.
The one bright point for the Dragons was the performance of lone striker Simone Gentile who worked tirelessly up front and put the Mareeba defence under plenty of pressure.
The second half saw a more competitive display from the Dragons, while Mareeba were still causing problems of their own.
Keeper Gary Fitzgerald continued his good early season form, making a number of good saves to keep the score at 1-0.
Again the Dragons forced a number of corners as they grew into the game and when one corner was partially clear Ben Syrett smashed a shot from the edge of the area which the keeper could only parry into the path of skipper Nick Tither who made no mistake from five yards out.
It was now game on, and, while there were still a few anxious moments, the Dragons continued to push forward with intent.
With just over 10 minutes remaining on the clock Matty Smith crossed from the right and the ball made its way through to Ian Marsh who coolly tucked the ball away to make it 2-1 to the Dragons.
It was now the Dragons’ game to lose and Mareeba threw men forward looking for an equaliser of their own but the home sides defence stood resolute.
With time winding down, Gentile was shielding the ball out of play when he was wrestled to the ground by a Mareeba defender who received a straight red card.
Heading in the right direction: Dragons player John Raffaele