United rally for draw

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS United Dragons’ sec­ond di­vi­sion side man­aged a draw away against reign­ing pre­miers Ather­ton with only one sub­sti­tute.

It started well on the night for Dou­glas who came out with a high tempo and some clever pass­ing.

Glenn John­son, in par­tic­u­lar, was hard to han­dle for the Ather­ton team but chances did not come easy. One of the few chances that came to Dou­glas in the first-half was to Glenn John­son who was un­lucky in his ef­fort not to put Dou­glas one up.

As the first-half played out, Ather­ton started to stamp some au­thor­ity on the game and cre­ate some chances of their own but they were un­able to find any fin­ish­ing touches.

Just be­fore the 45-minute mark Ian Marsh went on a daz­zling run for Dou­glas beat­ing a few Ather­ton play­ers only for his shot to be saved well by the keeper.

At the start of the sec­ond-half it was Dou­glas play­ers who took the game to Ather­ton for the first part of the sec­ond half, but some solid keep­ing and the cross­bar kept the game score­less.

As the sec­ond-half wore on, the game be­came more open which lead to a few more chances for both teams.

Yet again the fin­ish­ing boots ap­peared to be left at home as it was Ather­ton’s turn to hit wood­work and force a good save from Dou­glas keeper Sakae Saito.

Head­ing into the final min­utes, both teams kept push­ing and hop­ing to find that elu­sive goal. Dou­glas, with nu­mer­ous cor­ners, could not find a solid con­nec­tion and Ather­ton con­tin­u­ing to try to break through what was a rock solid Dou­glas de­fence.

But it was not meant to be for ei­ther team on the night in what turned out to be a very ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able 0-0 game.

The game was played with great spirit with only one yel­low card shown in the en­tire game.

The Paddy’s Bar man of the match award went to Neil Bur­combe.

Dou­glas will be on the road again for game five when they travel to Red­lynch.

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