Thirds re­turn to win­ning ways

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS United re­turned to its win­ning ways away to South­side in third division last week.

Dou­glas dom­i­nated from the start to the end and could have taken the scor­ing into dou­ble fig­ures if it was not for some lack­lus­tre fin­ish­ing.

De­spite blow­ing an early chance, Adam Wright fi­nally knocked down the South­side wall of de­fence af­ter 30 min­utes with a shot from around 25 yards which was the most im­pres­sive of game’s eight goals.

In the sec­ond half, Dou­glas got to work on fin­ish­ing off their chances. First up it was Danny Houghton steal­ing in at the back post for an easy tap in to take the game to 2-0.

Then it was Ross Hardie for Dou­glas tak­ing the game to 3-0. Find­ing the ball at his feet around 12 yards out he showed some neat foot­work to evade two chal­lenges be­fore a nice lit­tle dink over the keeper for his first goal of the sea­son.

Ja­son Fox then took the game to 4-0 for Dou­glas and along with his goal Ja­son pro­vided a lot of en­ergy for Dou­glas. James Turner on his first start since an MCL in­jury 10 weeks ago fin­ished with the out­side of his left boot to make it five.

Then Wright, the top scorer in the division, got back into the ac­tion tak­ing it to 6-0 for the Dragons with a very tidy fin­ish.

Then a mo­ment that caught the Dou­glas team by sur­prise as a South­side player played a very clever free kick in and around the Dou­glas wall lead to a ball across the box and a first time vol­ley, which set­tled nicely in the back of the net for a goal.

With a cou­ple min­utes left to play there was time for one fi­nal goal for Dou­glas when Turner grabbed his sec­ond on the night with a half vol­ley from around 10 yards out.

The Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar Man of the Match award was given to Nick De­spres who did not get on the score sheet for the Dragons but had a solid game at the back and was also a huge influence for nu­mer­ous Dragon at­tacks.

This Fri­day Dou­glas will play host in a top of the ta­ble clash against Dim­bu­lah.

Cel­e­bra­tions: Ian Marsh and Matt Hill

Chase ‘em down: Matt Hill

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