Dragons suffer a loss
Poor performance versus Dimbulah
THE Douglas United Dragons have lost for the first time in the league in over a year going down 2-1 to Dimbulah on Friday night after a very poor performance. There were many contributing factors to the defeat including sloppy preparations but ultimately it came down to attitude and Dimbulah simply wanted it more.
Arriving at the ground with only fifteen minutes to kick off was never going to be ideal with a combination of factors delaying the Dragons departure from Port. A slow start ensued although Max Taylor did have a glorious opportunity to open the scoring but could only sky his effort high and wide. There were many under hit passes on a slow surface and one such pass from Luke Seaton led to the opening goal. The back pass put keeper Joe Bownes under pressure and although he came out bravely the ball fell kindly to the Dimbulah striker who calmly slotted into an empty net.
The Dragons managed to crank it up a few gears from this point and were having particular joy with Dan Ferrero as an outlet down the right hand side. It was some good interplay between three or four Dragons that saw Baz Fellows find space in the box. The big man kept his composure and tucked the ball away to restore parity. While the Dragons continued to dominate play they could not find the second goal.
The second spell saw more of the same in the initial exchanges with the Dragons creating the better of the chances while still remaining vulnerable to pace on the counter attack. Then a moment of madness changed the game as the aforementioned composure deserted Fellows who was shown a straight red card for retaliating to having a ball thrown at him. This forced the Dragons into a bit of a reshuffle with Gavin Jenkin leading the line.
The Dragons carving out a couple of guilt edge chances. First, Luke Seaton failed to notice and unmarked Logan Marsh who had the goal at his mercy, instead firing straight at the keeper and then Jenkin could not manage to squeeze the ball between the keepers legs when through one on one.
The Dragons were left to rue their these and a couple of other half chances as a floated cross from Dimbulah struck the join of the goal and rebounded of Bownes and into the back of the net. It was very harsh on the keeper who had been outstanding all game, even bravely carrying on after being knocked out for a short time. Unfortunately the Dragons were unable to muster a response this time.
The Man of the Match award went to Joe Bownes who was outstanding in goal and unlucky to concede the two goals that he did. Luckily the Dragons have two opportunities to put things right this week.