Away game slips away

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

DOU­GLAS United sec­onds trav­elled to In­n­is­fail to face the Cut­ters in the clash which is the long­est road trip in the FNQ com­pe­ti­tion.

The In­n­is­fail side has been in ta­ble-top­ping form and the Dragons faced a daunt­ing task to take points from them at their home ground.

Both teams started well, but early on in the open­ing stanza a de­fen­sive lapse al­lowed the cut­ters key for­ward to steal in be­hind the Dou­glas de­fend­ers and score.

This was com­pounded when an­other op­po­si­tion mid­fielder was al­lowed to carry the ball deep into the dragons de­fence an the score blew out to 2-0.

The Dou­glas team ral­lied hard and their ef­forts were rewarded when af­ter some good build up star for­ward James Turner re­ceived a ball out­side the In­n­is­fail penalty box and struck a fe­ro­cious drive that gave the In­n­is­fail keeper no chance.

In the sec­ond half In­n­is­fail ex­tended their lead to 3-1.

This spurred the dragons on and mid­way through the half vet­eran at­tacker Dar­ren Case slipped in be­hind the Cut­ters de­fence and the re­sult­ing squared ball was neatly despatched by Ir­ish re­cruit Martin Keene.

The Dou­glas side pushed hard and af­ter strong mid­field play Dan Houghton was on hand to fin­ish to level the score at 3-3.

With the Dragons’ courage seem­ingly on track to snare a share of the points against the odds, a spec­u­la­tive strike in the dy­ing sec­onds form a Cut­ters mid­fielder broke the dead­lock and earned the home team a vic­tory.

De­spite the loss the Dou­glas team re­mains up­beat know­ing they can com­pete with any team in the league and hope to prove that when they take on Strat­ford in their first home fix­ture of the sea­son at Cas­sowary Park this Fri­day at 8pm.

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