Reserves United in gritty performance
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.
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