Dimbulah too good
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.