To­tal footy brings the magic for Dragons

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS United were on the road again on Fri­day night, trav­el­ling down to Trin­ity Park, to play against the top of the ta­ble Mar­lin Coast Rangers for round 6.

With both teams un­de­feated, the sup­port­ers were in for a spec­ta­cle.

A disco em­a­nat­ing from the Rangers’ dress­ing room con­fused the Dou­glas Dragons! How dare they party on our Fri­day nights!

A tra­di­tional kick off saw Dou­glas un­leash­ing to­tal foot­ball! A series of kick pass­ing led to an early shot from Adri­ano, the ball blis­ter­ing to­wards goal was to hot for the keeper to hold, and as fast as light­ning Joe Fox screamed into the box to blast the ball into the back of the net, GOAL Dragons! 1-0 in the first minute!

The Dragons re­lent­lessly pushed on hunt­ing for an­other goal, how­ever re­alised Adam How­ell how come with two left feet, and were al­most pun­ished as the Mar­lin Coast striker took pos­ses­sion of the ball, and quickly shot to­wards the near post, forc­ing Gaz Fitzger­ald into a great re­flex save. The striker let ev­ery­one know how unim­pressed he was, giv­ing Gaz a shove. This left Lo­gan Marsh fu­ri­ous, and lec­tur­ing the ref­eree in words of his wis­dom, got given a yel­low card for know­ing too much about Foot­ball.

The game was in­tense, fast and fu­ri­ous, a frus­trated Adri­ano cheek­ily tag­ging a Mar­lin, re­sult­ing in an­other yel­low for the Dragons.

Great pass­ing again led to a Dragon cor­ner. Cap­tain Daniel Fer­rero blast­ing in a low, hard cor­ner, straight to­wards Matty Smith, who nod­ded the ball on with a whiplash­ing header. 2-0 Dou­glas United.

With the Dragons set­tling in, reel­ing the op­po­si­tion in, the Mar­lins slipped the hook, and con­ceded two quick goals just be­fore half time. 2-2.

An in­spir­ing half time talk by coach Barry Fel­lows, in what we be­lieve is some form of English, the boys fired back up. Hit­ting the ground run­ning in the sec­ond half, the quick pass­ing was back, and Max Tay­lor was ready to prove the scribe wrong, blast­ing in a bolter into the un­der­side of the cross­bar and in, 3-2 Dragons.

The game was bal­anc­ing on a knife’s edge, and the Dragons were caught out on the counter at­tack. Now 3-3.

After sup­port­ing the lo­cal Net­ball in the week, Daniel Fer­rero stepped up with a throw in, al­most throw­ing out his shoul­der, his net­ball ca­reer in the bin. With min­utes re­main­ing, Mar­lin Coast shot wide, and the thank­ful Dragons counter at­tacked, Matty Smith cross­ing a ball over with sec­onds re­main­ing, Joey Bownes bounc­ing and bang­ing in a header. GOOAAALLLL! 4-3 Dragons! And full time!

DJ Beat Boxer Benny Syrett was belt­ing out the tunes in the away dress­ing rooms.

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