Re­serves show class

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AN EX­CIT­ING clash be­tween the Dou­glas Dragons and JCU erupted in the Far North Foot­ball Queens­land Di­vi­sion 2 at Cas­sowary Park on Fri­day night at Moss­man.

It was a good game for Dou­glas who fi­nally got the re­sult to high­light their ex­cel­lent game play.

The Dou­glas boys ar­rived at the game in seem­ingly high spir­its af­ter a two-week break due to a down­pour the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Dou­glas en­joyed a high tempo start and within min­utes Daniel Houghton was put through oneon-one with the keeper but un­for­tu­nately was un­able to fin­ish.

Mo­ments later Adam Wright get­ting a start as for­ward was put through, but af­ter bat­tling through some shirt pulling was also un­able to find the back of the net with his ef­fort just rolling wide.

Dou­glas let the pace drop a lit­tle as the first half drifted on, due to some fa­tigue, but also the lack of re­ward was frus­trat­ing them.

Dou­glas came out swing­ing in the sec­ond half once again and got the break­through they wanted.

With some rather sus­pect goal­keep­ing, the ball was seem­ingly punched into Ni­cholas De­spres’s back which rolled into the net for 1-0.

JCU had their best chance of the game when they un­leashed a long range shot saved well by Heath Mel­ton, who had to re­act well to get up and also save the re­bound.

Mark Lee was a com­mand­ing pres­ence and great leader on the night for his Dou­glas team­mates.

Then with just 10 min­utes left, Dou­glas were hop­ing they would find that sec­ond goal which would fin­ish the game for them.

Wright found space in the box, got the ball to his feet, spun around and let a shot go and with a slight de­flec­tion on the way through, the ball flew past the keeper for 2-0.

JCU des­per­ate to get some­thing now pushed very high, leav­ing them­selves very open at the back, it was just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle when Wright was given a through ball on the counter at­tack, he would leave the de­fender and hold his nerve with a top class fin­ish for 3-0 Dou­glas. Wright get­ting a brace on his sec­ond start for the club and first game up front had clearly made him happy, judg­ing by his dance move celebration.

The game was won by Dou­glas 3-0 and it gave them the re­sult to match the per­for­mance they had been af­ter.

The Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar Man-of-the-Match award was grabbed by Ben Syrett.

Dou­glas will make up the game that got rained out on June 5 at home to Mar­lin Coast at Cas­sowary Park, Moss­man.

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