Dragons dealt a nasty blow by Marlin Coast
THE Nathan Verri Dragons suffered their second loss of the season away at top of the table Marlin Coast last Saturday night.
The Dragons, chasing three points in slippery conditions at Pennel Field in Trinity Beach, were out to prove they were capable of competing with the top of the table side, and started the match very positively scoring immediately from the kick off.
A great start by the Dragons, but it was short lived as some sloppy misfielding resulted in the Marlin Coast quickly squaring the match, to the delight of the very vocal and local crowd.
As the game wore on both sides began to open up and on a lovely pitch conducive for football they endeavoured to produce a possession based game and it became an endto-end affair.
The Dragons again found themselves in front after some expansive football deep into the Marlin Coast half.
Much to the Dragons’ disappointment it was a lead that didn’t last long when Marlin Coast were awarded a free kick out wide, and their dangerous free kick found an unmarked Lewis Ehrlich whose header was a carbon copy of Bateman’s first goal and nestled into the far post giving Christian Mackintosh no chance.
At half-time the Dragons were confident of coming out and securing all three points, they talked about concentrating, keeping the ball, and being aware of the wind now coming directly towards their goal.
Marlin Coast however changed their system, and the Dragons struggled to come to grips with the 3-5-2 formation, and subsequently never managed to get a stronghold on the second half.
Shellshocked, the Dragons never recovered and a bizarre decision from Mackintosh to pick up a back pass meant again the Dragons’ goal was again under pressure from a set piece.
Once again the Dragons didn’t defend well, and left Alec Mortimer too much space to pick his spot which was helped by a deflection off a Douglas player leaving Mackintosh no chance, and the Dragons struggling to fire.
The match finished at Marlin Coast up 5-3 keeping Marlin Coast at the top of the league.
The Dragons will be looking to bounce back against Edge Hill on May 16 in a catchup match away.
With a week off the Dragons will look to get everybody fit at training and are looking forward to Ollie Ward and Bateman returning 100 per cent fit as both were struggling with niggling injuries.
the Dragons slipped up against Marlin Coast