Away game slips away
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.