Dragons re­serves fry Mar­lins

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

TUES­DAY night saw a make-up game be­tween Dou­glas United and Mar­lin Coast in the FNQ foot­ball sec­ond di­vi­sion at Cas­sowary Park Moss­man.

The game would be a very close af­fair but would end with Dou­glas feel­ing a real mo­men­tum af­ter rack­ing up two wins and two clean sheets back-to-back.

From the start it was clear this would be a very close game with both teams try­ing to stamp some au­thor­ity on the game but none be­ing re­ally able to take clear con­trol.

Both teams were en­joy­ing good build up play but no clear cut chances had been pre­sented to ei­ther team.

Around the half hour mark Adam Wright picked up the ball for Dou­glas around 30 yards out, feel­ing in a con­fi­dent mood af­ter a great per­for­mance in his last out­ing for Dou­glas he trav­elled a few yards and let fly.

Although not the great­est of strikes it some­how trick­led un­der the goal­keeper giv­ing Dou­glas a 1-0 lead.

At the half Dou­glas were clearly feel­ing a bit of fa­tigue af­ter playing on the Fri­day and then the Tues­day night and work­ing very hard in both games.

To leave with a win, Dou­glas would have to give it all they had men­tally and phys­i­cally.

The sec­ond half passed by with seem­ingly few in­ci­dents apart from Ja­son Fox be­ing put through for Dou­glas one on one with the keeper but a Mar­lin de­fender was able to re­cover very well to stop Ja­son from get­ting a good shot off.

The last fif­teen min­utes Mar­lin Coast re­ally started to pres­sure the Dou­glas back­line and test their re­solve.

With un­der 10 min­utes left, a Mar­lin Coast winger was able to drift past a few Dou­glas players and let a de­cent shot fly and un­for­tu­nately for him but luck­ily for Dou­glas it found the post and not the back of the net.

This was a huge wake-up call for Dou­glas who knew they had just seen a mo­ment which could of com­pletely turned the game around.

Shortly af­ter with only sec­onds left, Adam Wright got into the box cut the ball back for a Dou­glas team­mate but it de­flected off a Mar­lin Coast de­fender and found the back of the net for 2-0 Dou­glas.

The ’Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar’ Man of the Match award went to Mathew ’Macca’ McMaster who gave a great en­er­getic per­for­mance on the night.

With Dou­glas not hav­ing a league game this Fri­day night they played a friendly in prepa­ra­tion for next week’s league game against JCU.

Dou­glas won the game 4-1 with goals com­ing from Adam Wright, Mathew McMaster, Nick De­spres and Nick Houghton.

Dou­glas will now play Strat­ford away on Fri­day night.

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