Thirds return to winning ways
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