Dim­bu­lah too good

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

FRI­DAY night saw a game be­tween Dou­glas United and Dim­bu­lah in the FNQ football third division at Dim­bu­lah.

The game was dom­i­nated mostly by Dim­bu­lah who left with the win and stalled the Dou­glas win­ning streak, and the game was also pep­pered with some bizarre de­ci­sions that af­fected both teams.

The first half was heav­ily dom­i­nated by Dim­bu­lah who showed their strength on and off the ball by re­tain­ing pos­ses­sion ex­tremely well and pres­sur­ing all over the field.

The first chance of the game fell to Dou­glas when Adam Wright let a half vol­ley fly from around 25 yards to see it su­perbly saved and pushed over the cross­bar for a cor­ner kick.

The first con­tro­versy hap­pened as the first half was com­ing to a close when a Dim­bu­lah for­ward was bun­dled over in the box by Ash­ley Woods.

The ref­eree was un­clear in his de­ci­sion so left it to the ref­eree’s as­sis­tant to dic­tate the call and he awarded a penalty for Dim­bu­lah.

Af­ter some protest­ing by Dou­glas play­ers the striker stepped up and dragged his penalty wide of the goal.

Un­der one minute into the sec­ond half a glo­ri­ous chance pre­sented it­self to Adam Wright for Dou­glas.

Matty Wray played a first time ball through for Adam who found him­self one on one with the keeper. Un­for­tu­nately for Adam, and his Dou­glas team­mates, he picked the out­side of the post.

Shortly af­ter this chance Dou­glas had an­other one-on-one op­por­tu­nity as Joe Fox was put through against the keeper.

Joe man­aged to get the ball on tar­get but his shot found some of the keeper who de­flected the ball wide and out of play.

Then a slight lack of con­cen­tra­tion at the back led to a Dim­bu­lah striker hav­ing a clear sight at goal to make it 1-0 Dim­bu­lah around the hour mark.

Then an­other odd de­ci­sion by the ref­eree, Dim­bu­lah play­ing a long ball into the box saw it claimed by Dou­glas keeper Heath Mel­ton, only for him to be charged at which led to the ball be­ing dropped and Dim­bu­lah tap­ping it in for 2-0.

The ref­eree’s as­sis­tant spot­ting the in­ci­dent tried to in­form the ref­eree, how­ever, on this oc­ca­sion the ref was not in­ter­ested.

Shortly af­ter Dou­glas moved the ball around well and tried to play a ball in be­hind the Dim­bu­lah de­fence for Adam Wright to run on to.

How­ever, Adam slightly miss timed his run and was in an off­side po­si­tion, clear for all to see, apart from one man, the ref­eree.

Adam ran clean through and added some ex­tra power to a well placed fin­ish for 2-1 with about 10 min­utes left.

In the fi­nal min­utes Dou­glas had a cou­ple of half chances and a strong ap­peal for a penalty turned down and Dim­bu­lah would get a de­served vic­tory of 2-1.

The Paddy’s Ir­ish bar Man-of-the-Match award was given to Adam Wright who not only pro­vided an­other goal for the Dragons but worked tire­lessly up front pres­sur­ing the ball.

To­mor­row Dou­glas trav­els to Le­ich­hardt.

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