Dragons dealt a nasty blow by Mar­lin Coast

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

MISSED OP­POR­TU­NITY:

the Dragons slipped up against Mar­lin Coast

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