Dragons draw tight game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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