Dragons go seven on the trot

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Verri In­dus­tries’ Dou­glas United Dragons have made it seven wins in a row with a con­vinc­ing 4-0 vic­tory over Strat­ford at Cas­sowary Park on Sun­day evening.

In front of a large, vo­cal crowd, the Dragons made light work of their op­po­nents and rarely looked trou­bled on their way to vic­tory.

The re­sult keeps the Dragons in sec­ond place on the lad­der with a trip to third-placed Le­ichardt this week­end.

The Dragons were a lit­tle slow out of the blocks on Sun­day but soon found their rhythm, hav­ing plenty of joy down the right flank where Ol­lie Mo­fatt and Matt Hill were com­bin­ing well.

Hill played the fi­nal pass for the Dragons’ open­ing goal on 12 min­utes. Matt Smith got free down the left-hand side and crossed to the far post where Hill was wait­ing to head it back into the dan­ger area where Ian Marsh was on hand to nod the ball home.

Min­utes later Marsh turned provider when, from his cor­ner kick, cap­tain Nick Tither rose high­est to head the ball past the Strat­ford keeper who had come to col­lect and missed the ball. It was a goal a long time com­ing for Tither who had been frus­trated in pre­vi­ous weeks by miss­ing a few headed chances.

More good work down the left from Smith al­lowed Ciaran Le­mon time and space in the box and as he took the ball round a de­fender he was fouled leav­ing the ref­eree no choice but to point to the spot. Le­mon dusted him­self off and dis­patched the ball into the back of the net.

The sec­ond half fol­lowed in a sim­i­lar fash­ion, Strat­ford has­sled the Dragons ini­tially by look­ing to press when Dou­glas were in pos­ses­sion. This did not last long how­ever, and the Dragons were too as­sured in pos­ses­sion and the fight went out of the Strat­ford side.

For all their dom­i­nance in terms of pos­ses­sion the Dragons did not cre­ate a huge num­ber of chances but did add a fourth though when a right wing cross was headed back across the face of goal where Nick Houghton was on hand to tuck the ball home with the sim­plest of fin­ishes.

The Paddy’s Bar Man of the Match went to Nick Tither who had an in­flu­en­tial game in the mid­dle of the park and capped the per­for­mance with a goal. There were a num­ber of stand-out per­for­mances, how­ever, with Valen­tine Akem in par­tic­u­lar putting in a res­o­lute per­for­mance at cen­tre half.

Next up for the Dragons is a tricky away trip to Le­ichardt, and with the league very much up for grabs the Dragons know three points is a must.

Pho­tos by AN­GEL FLETCHER

On the ball: Ol­lie Mof­fat

Skills on dis­play: Nick Houghton

Look­ing for the pass: Ol­lie Mof­fat

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