Dragons in contention for top position
The Douglas Dragons had previously beaten the Mareeba Bulls twice in the league, both 2-1 victories and twice after coming from behind, and Tuesday evening’s fixture proved no different.
The first half despite being scoreless was action packed, and unfortunately a highlight reel of the Dragons creating chances, but failing to hit the target. At half-time the need for patience, and composure was discussed but it was the Bulls who showed composure first after an innocuous through ball found their striker in one-on-one and somehow onside. He made no mistake from the edge of the box and the Dragons went 1-0 down.
Despite having the majority of possession, the Dragons struggled to find that final pass to unlock the Bulls’ defence and it looked like an opportunity missed as wave after wave of attacking moves were repelled by Mareeba.
Finally in the 82nd minute Nick Houghton managed to get in behind the Bulls’ defence and get on the end of a lovely weighted slide pass from Matt Hill and give the Bulls’ keeper no chance from eight yards out. The Bulls looked deflated, and the Dragons continued to push believing another goal was possible, and with 30 seconds remaining another slide pass from Matt Hill found Houghton again in the box with only the keeper to beat and he made no mistake to send the players and supporters into raptures.
But it wasn’t over yet as Ollie Moffat pulled off a goal-saving ball and all tackle in the last kick of the game to secure three points.
Far North Queensland’s Fusion side kicks off a day of football at Cassowary Park from 11am, followed by the women’s match and reserves with the Premier side the final fixture at 5pm.