Dragons in con­tention for top po­si­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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