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A new league campaign kicked off last Sunday with top billing going to Rushen Utd against Douglas Royal.
Two bursts of genius from Rushen Utd's Anna Dillon and two goals from Eleanor Gawne paved the way for the southerners and ensure they started their league campaign in perfect style, beating their old adversaries 2-1.
You have to go as far back to the 2002-03 season when Royal last recorded a league win at Croit Lowey. Although both teams were showing nerves it was Royal who were sharper and determined from the outset and looked to upset the form book, Bekki Cole thrusting a shot straight at Ozga's body with Johnson coming close for Rushen Utd following a corner, Kerri Williams pulling off an excellent save. Royals were deserving of their 1-0 lead after 14 minutes when Donna Shimmin fashioned a move on the left goal line, teeing up Bekki Cole to slot home from close range.
Rushen looked for inspiration and it come from one of their new recruits, Anna Dillon, who single handedly created the equalising goal. A quick burst of pace from Dillon sliced apart the Royals' defence like a gourmet slicing apart his Sunday roast which resulted in her tumbling in the opposing box and referee Alan Cowin awarded a penalty. Eleanor Gawne made no mistake from the spot, driving it into the bottom right corner.
Just after the half hour, Rushen Utd scored what proved to be the winner, Dillon again starting on a run on the left, leaving the defence in her slip-stream before cutting in for Gawne to steer home from close range.
In the second half, both teams had their opportunities. Ozga was at full stretch to deny a Sarah Breen curling effort and Dawn Georgeson then had an effort tipped onto the crossbar by Williams with Sarah Quinn put through only to be denied by the legs of the Rushen goalkeeper. But it was the southerners who were looking the stronger as the game drew to a close. Katie Halsall got goal side of her marker only to lift her effort over the target and Gill Christian saw a header cleared off the line as Rushen went onto record their first points of the season.
Gymnasium currently top the Isle of Man women's league thanks to a 4-0 win over Ramsey at the Ballacloan stadium. Dawn Quinn broke through into the six yard box to open the scoring with Suzie Maiden reacting to a goalkeeping save to fire home from the edge of the penalty area for Gymnasium's second. Quinn made it 3-0 in the second half after beating a couple of players to fire home with Rachel Beckley put in the clear to score Gymnasium's fourth.
Corinthians made their title credentials known with a 4-1 win over Peel. After a goalless first half, Jade Burden literally started the ball rolling on 53 minutes with an 18-yard drive that finished in the bottom corner and Voirrey Holmes slotting home Corinthians' second after latching onto Leonie Roberts' through ball. Peel pulled a goal back from an Emma Faulkner free kick that Claudia Konig volleyed home but the Whites restored their two-goal cushion when Helen Thomas cut in from the line, finding Roberts to slot home from close range with Roberts scoring the goal of the game minutes later with a 25-yard strike.
Colby went onto win their southern clash against Castletown 3-2, and record their ever victory over their rivals with Charlotte Beards scoring the first ever Sure Mobile League hat-trick. Colby opened their account when Alice Leadbeater's through-ball went between the centre backs which Beards latched onto to fire home into the top corner. Castletown levelled matters before half time from a Stacey Kelly effort. But Colby restored their lead after the break when Leadbeater's through ball found Beards who lobbed home. Another Colby pass, this time from Nikki Cooil found Beards to power into the net and complete her hat-trick. Castletown pulled a goal back from a Sarah Denny penalty.
Laxey had to earn their salt to walk away with maximum points following a 2-1 over Michael Utd, who took a first half lead through Liz Moore, who lobbed home an angled effort for a peach of a goal. Laxey, who had the bare eleven, equalised in the second half following a melee, the ball broke to Jane Irvine to fire home from within the penalty area. The winner came when Dawn Wynn, playing her first game for her new club, found space on the right, waltzed her way past the Michael defence and drive home the winner via the post.
Photo - Rushen's Anna Dillon in possession, watched by Siobhan Lockwood of Douglas Royal
(Report and photo - Paul Hatton)
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