Those Fri­day night lights!

Dou­glas United Dragons re­main un­de­feated

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Matt McMaster

A thrilling 3-3 draw be­tween Dou­glas United and the Ma­reeba Bulls Or­ange at Raiders Park saw two of the com­pe­ti­tion heavy­weights re­main un­de­feated.

New goal posts shim­mered in the light, freshly painted lines as straight as a cave­man’s ar­row. Smoke bil­low­ing from Rod­ney Rasmessi’s Team Deep North BBQ’s smoker, as Branchy was sort­ing and pour­ing the ice-cold beer.

The old and new Dragon sup­port­ers fly­ing in from near and far de­spite the Port Dou­glas win­try weather threat­en­ing jeans and jack­ets for some.

The Dragons and Bulls were ready, both at the top end of the ta­ble, they would not be giv­ing up their un­de­feated streaks eas­ily.

Matty “Mitcham” Smith dove straight into the Ref’s book from the kick off with a yel­low card, be­fore Adam How­ells’ hammy gave way to force coach Baz into some early changes.

The Dragons were not de­terred as they pres­sured the Bulls through­out the early stages.

The ball was cleared high into the air and Adri­ano Gualtieri volleyed an ab­so­lute thun­der­bolt into the top cor­ner!

Delir­ium set into the sup­port­ers on the hill as they danced around, pick­ing up their jaws off the floor.

The Bulls snuck in a tidy fin­ish, be­fore Matty Smith toe poked home from a goal mouth scram­ble to re­turn Dragons’ lead, 2-1 at half­time.

The Raiders home ground in­flu­ence was to be en­joyed, as well as Paul and Mel Fer­rero’s son, Daniel, who struck home from the edge of the box for the Dragons to take a 3-1 lead.

Young­ster Cur­tis White was tak­ing the Bulls by the horns, win­ning a weighty tackle that should have seen him lose a leg.

Dou­glas thought they had the game home and hosed, but were quickly blind­sided look­ing at the Raiders score­board, con­ced­ing two late goals.

Full time it was 3-3. De­spite the re­sult the only dis­ap­point­ment of the night was not get­ting Adri­ano’s goal on cam­era for it to break the in­ter­net.

Dou­glas United Foot­ball Club would like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported our move over to Port Dou­glas, our ma­jor spon­sors Marano’s Fuel and Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar, and es­pe­cially the Reef Raiders Union Team, who have been more than a help­ing hand.

Train­ing for Se­nior Men on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day 6pm-8pm. Our Women’s team, Mon­day 6pm-8pm.

Our ju­niors, aged from 3½ to 14 years at Cas­sowary Park, Thurs­days 5pm-6pm. All are more than wel­come to come have a kick.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEAS­DALE

Dou­glas Dragons at Raiders Park, Port Dou­glas

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