Dragons fail to score

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

A TEN-MINUTE spell be­fore and af­ter half time has proved the un­do­ing of the Verri In­dus­tries Dou­glas United Dragons in an oth­er­wise de­ter­mined dis­play against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Edge Hill United on the week­end.

It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask for the Dragons as three play­ers pulled out on the morn­ing of the game leav­ing only the bare eleven to try and pull off an up­set against the much fan­cied Edge Hill side.

And for large por­tions of the game the Dragons looked ca­pa­ble of pulling off such an up­set, cre­at­ing a num­ber of half chances and hav­ing the ball passed along the op­po­si­tion goal line on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions only to elude Dragons at­tack­ers by the small­est of mar­gins.

The Dragons went into the match de­ter­mined to re­strict the abil­ity of the pacey op­po­si­tion strik­ers to get in be­hind their de­fence and for the most part of the first half this was achieved with­out too much fuss.

It was the Dragons who went clos­est to scor­ing when a de­light­ful ball from Ni­cholas Tither re­leased debu­tant Nick De­spress down the left but un­for­tu­nately as he bore down on goal the ball just would not sit nicely for him and his left footed shot flew high and wide. More good work from De­spress saw a ball played across the front of the Edge Hill goal only to nar­rowly elude Ash Woods slid­ing in at the far post.

As the half wore on Edge Hill man­aged to get in be­hind the Dragons de­fence on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions and un­for­tu­nately were in a rather un­char­i­ta­ble mood.

First a cross was turned into the net by Ben Syrett and then mo­ments later a poor pass re­sulted in a turnover and a cross struck the un­for­tu­nate Syrett’s hand and a penalty was awarded.

The Edge Hill player made no mis­take and the Dragons went into the half time break trail­ing 2-0 and with a sour taste in their mouths.

Af­ter the break it got worse for the Dragons as yet an­other mis­take was ruth­lessly pun­ished.

A poor header went straight to an Edge Hill player and his scuffed shot snuck past Gary Fitzger­ald in the Dragons goal and was smashed home by a mid­field run­ner.

It cer­tainly was not the start the Dragons wanted and while they again cre­ated a cou­ple of half chances through Tither, De­spress and Ian Marsh there was lit­tle threat of a come­back as the heat of the day and the lack of sub­sti­tutes took its toll.

The Paddy’s Bar Man of the Match went to Ni­cholas De­spress who looked lively on his de­but and was un­lucky not to get him­self on the score­sheet.

Next up for the Dragons is an­other one of their ’home’ fix­tures at JCU against Ma­reeba. With a few play­ers com­ing back into the mix the Dragons will be look­ing for a re­peat re­sult from this fix­ture in the first round when the Dragons came out on top at Cas­sowary Park.the Dragons sec­ond di­vi­sion side also suf­fered a loss on the week­end.

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