DOU­GLAS UNITED DOWN ATHER­TON EA­GLES

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SE­NIORS ROUND 2 Dou­glas United vs Ather­ton Ea­gles FC.

The wheels on the BTS tour bus went round and round, as the Dragons flashed up and up the Range on their way to Ather­ton.

The team was bol­stered by Dragon debu­tants Mathew ‘1T’ Ball, Andrea “Ski” Mores­chini (Italy) and Dragon stal­warts Ben ‘BenKnee’ Syrett and Matthew ‘Smudgee’ Smith.

A de­layed kick off – 8:50pm! – had the 80-strong Ather­ton sup­port­ers, and four Dou­glas cheer­lead­ers baited for the bat­tle of Ea­gles and Dragons.

A cor­ner for the Dragons saw su­per Joey Bownes get in­volved in a goal mouth scram­ble that put the ball into the back of Ather­ton’s goal. Own goal Ather­ton! Or was it #agoal­for­joe! It couldn’t be de­cided, off to the match re­view panel, but 1-0 Dou­glas United.

The Dragons dom­i­nated the early play, and won an­other few cor­ners to no avail. Un­til… with the wind be­neath his wings, Big Bad Benny’s Bette Mi­dler in­spired header fir­ing into the Ather­ton net. 2-0 Dou­glas!

Lo­gan Marsh got into the swing of things, ris­ing higher than an Ea­gle, soar­ing and scor­ing from his head for the Dragons’ third.

The sec­ond half kicked off, and Matty Smith got kicked at, the re­sult­ing penalty shout be­ing waved away for a du­bi­ous de­cided cor­ner. The de­fender got a touch.. An­other cor­ner! Goal! Ben Syrett, al­most can­celling out his yearly own goal av­er­age in his first match of the sea­son.

As the tired trav­el­ling Dragons went past their Paddy’s happy hour bed time, Ather­ton counter at­tacked and counter at­tacked, squeez­ing one past Dou­glas Keeper Gaz Fitzger­ald to fin­ish off the game. It was 4-1 to Dou­glas.

Now two from two, the Dragons are off to Strat­ford next week to play some for­mer team­mates. A big thankyou for BTS Tours for their sup­port, and ma­jor spon­sors Marano’s Fu­els and Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar & Grill.

Re­mem­ber to study for our Trivia night next Wed­nes­day, April 12 at 6:30pm!

Dou­glas United Dragons en­joy a lull in the fix­ture against Ather­ton

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