Dragons se­cure fi­nal place

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A NAIL-BIT­ING 2-1 win over Ma­reeba at Borzi Park on Satur­day night cat­a­pulted the Nathan Verri Dou­glas United Dragons into a sec­ond suc­ces­sive grandfinal.

What looked set to be a com­fort­able vic­tory for the Dragons in the first half turned into a su­perb, back­sto-the-wall dis­play in the sec­ond with Ma­reeba throw­ing ev­ery­thing at them. .

The Dragons were ea­ger to repli­cate their fast start from last week’s win and did so through a sub­lime piece of play from Liam McI­nally. The 2- 0 half­time score line saw the Dragons con­fi­dent of be­ing able to get the job done but a po­si­tional shift by Ma­reeba com­bined with the Dragons eas­ing back slightly saw a very dif­fer­ent sec­ond half.

Chris­tian Mack­in­tosh only had one save of note to make in the first half but was be­ing called into ac­tion with greater reg­u­lar­ity in the sec­ond as Ma­reeba’s threat i ncreased, es­pe­cially from set pieces.

A goal rocked the Dragons some­what be­fore they got back in the groove and at­tempted to restore their two-goal cush­ion. A goal was not forth­com­ing and Dragons fans had to en­dure a few nervy mo­ments, none more so than when Ma­reeba hit the in­side of the post and then saw the fol­low up skied with the goal at the mercy. There were other tense mo­ments for the Dragons as the game neared its end so the fi­nal whis­tle was met with some re­lief by the play­ers and fans.

On a less pos­i­tive note the Blood Or­ange Re­serves went down in their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Mar­lin Coast 2-0. It was just a step too far.

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