Re­serves United in gritty per­for­mance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS United knew Fri­day night would be a tough game trav­el­ling away to play Hmong in Sec­ond Di­vi­sion with only one sub­sti­tute.

Af­ter push­ing Hmong right to the final whis­tle it ended up as the most dis­ap­point­ing loss for Dou­glas this sea­son.

A Hmong striker ran clear of Dou­glas de­fender Jack Mille and held his nerve when one on one with the keeper for 1-0.

The Dou­glas de­fence con­tin- ued to push for­ward al­low­ing too much space be­tween them­selves and the keeper Sakae Saito who was play­ing his last game for the club.

Just as the ref­eree was about to blow his whis­tle to sig­nal the end of the first half, Dou­glas got a corner.

Matt Hod­kin was able to con­nect with a good header to get Dou­glas an un­de­served goal. Min­utes af­ter the start of the sec­ond half Dou­glas seemed to have learned from the first half, de­liv­er­ing a ball from deep to tar­get man Ash­ley Woods.

He laid it off for the left foot of James Turner and from around 25 yards he took one touch and let the ball fly in to the bot­tom corner for 2-2.

A Hmong striker evaded nu­mer­ous Dou­glas play­ers be­fore adding a su­perb fin­ish to take the game to 4-2.

But Dou­glas showed spirit and com­mit­ment and got the ball out wide to Daniel Houghton who put a great ball in to the box for Ash­ley Woods, who kept his nerve and made it 4-3 and Dou­glas pushed Hmong all the way to the final whis­tle but the equaliser proved too elu­sive.

The Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar Man of the Match went to Ash­ley Woods who grabbed a goal for him­self and set one up.

Dou­glas head to Dim­bu­lah for game eight.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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