United rally for draw
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.