Dragons draw tight game
FRIDAY night saw a game between Douglas United and Marlin Coast in the FNQ football third division at Marlin Coast.
The game was fairly even with Douglas just edging the game in terms of possession and chances but unfortunately for the Dragons the score would end all square.
Douglas looked bright from the start on Friday night, pressing all over the pitch and trying to pass the ball around when in possession.
Neil Burcombe in the middle of the park was proving to be a very big presence to Douglas in the midfield, communicating to the other players and keeping the ball very well.
Douglas felt slightly aggrieved at the first goal.
Nick Despres while trying to clear the ball out from defence for Douglas was seemingly hacked from behind, however, a foul was not called. As Nick was unable to clear the ball, a Marlin Coast player let a shot goal, seemingly quite a poor effort but somehow managed to trickle into the far corner to take the game 1-0.
This did not knock the Douglas confidence in keeping the ball though as they started to maintain possession very well straight after the restart.
Before the half, Udo Soltwedel showed some good footwork on the ball before finding a man who is bang-in form at the moment, Adam Wright. Adam calmly took control of the ball and slotted it home for another consecutive week.
After the half, chances did not come along too often for either team. This was not helped when a substantial amount of time was lost due to a bad head injury for a Marlin Coast player. The second half would only be played for about 30 minutes.
Marlin Coast had a glorious opportunity when a corner was not dealt with by Douglas and Heath Melton playing through injury had to pull off an amazing save to keep the game at 1-1.
Adam Wright almost got himself on the score sheet again when some selfish play let him get the chance to let a shot go but unfortunately this time the effort was easily saved by the keeper.
Douglas had a chance late on to take the win when they counter attacked from a set piece with only seconds remaining, however, a couple of Douglas players passed up the opportunity to pass the ball when it needed to be played resulting in the breakaway fading out.
The Paddy’s Irish Bar Man-of-the-Match award went go to Kevin Hamm who had a great game at the back for the Dragons.
Douglas has a home game this Friday against JCU at Cassowary Park with 8pm kick off.