Dragons secure final place
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.