Reserves show class
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.