Six on the trot for un­beat­able Dragons

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Verri In­dus­tries’ Dou­glas United Dragons has ex­tended its un­beaten run to six matches with a com­pre­hen­sive 3-0 vic­tory over Edge Hill on Satur­day night.

It was a vin­tage per­for­mance from the Dragons who were quick out of the blocks on the night, were able to weather the storm when Edge Hill had their mo­ments and com­pleted the vic­tory with a late goal.

The Dragons were out of the gates early on, pil­ing the pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion and cre­at­ing chances reg­u­larly.

They were re­warded for their early dom­i­nance in the sixth minute when Ciaran Le­mon, cel­e­brat­ing his 30th birthday scored from a de­flected free kick to notch his 10th goal of the cam­paign.

Mo­ments later Nick Houghton made it 2-0 with ar­guably the goal of the sea­son.

Pick­ing the ball up in the mid­field, he was al­lowed too much space to drib­ble into be­fore lash­ing an un­stop­pable shot into the top cor­ner.

To their credit, Edge Hill re­sponded and were able to mount a cou­ple of spells of con­certed pres­sure on the Dou­glas goal.

Were it not for the out­stand- ing per­for­mance of keeper Gary Fitzger­ald, Edge Hill may have found a way back into the match.

Fitzger­ald un­der­lined his claims to the Player-of-the-Year award with a se­ries of fine saves, one in par­tic­u­lar leav­ing both sets of play­ers in dis­be­lief as to how a goal was not scored.

The score re­mained at 2-0 un­til half time and be­yond with both teams prob­ing with­out carv­ing out too many clear-cut chances.

Edge Hill was then re­duced to 10 men af­ter a player was sent off.

The Dragons kept the foot on the throat af­ter the send­ing off and wrapped up the three points in the 81st minute when Ian Marsh was on hand to head home af­ter a great move.

It was just re­ward for a huge per­for­mance from the striker who again worked tire­lessly all match and was rightly awarded the Paddy’s Bar Man-of-the­Match.

Next up for the Dragons is a trip up to Borzi Park to take on Ma­reeba.

With the teams around the Dragons on the ta­ble all play­ing each other in the com­ing weeks, a win will see the mov­ing up into the play-off spots.

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