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A keenly, well fought and entertaining northern derby witnessed a share of the spoils that saw Ramsey draw 3-3 with Laxey, despite the hosts leading 3-1 shortly after the interval.
Ramsey pressurised from the outset, Tara Slinger seeing a header saved, Hannah Thompson having a goal ruled out and minutes later, Thompson couldn't make a telling connection following Slinger's effort across goal. Ramsey's persistence bore fruit with the opening goal after 25 minutes, the busy Slinger slipped a through ball to Shelley Simspon and, with goalkeeper Voirrey Lawson already committed, rolled the ball into an empty net.
But it was Laxey's turn to have a spell of pressure. Rhiannon Brew came close twice to equalising, first she was denied by Gemma Kelly's legs and minutes later, shot narrowly wide following Kerry Lockwood's deflected cross. Just before half time, Davis Callow's side brought the scores on level terms. Referee Darren Marsh awarded a free-kick 25 yards out. Lockwood's superb strike touched Kelly's palms before hitting the bar and doing enough to cross the line for an equaliser.
With both teams making substitutions at the interval, it was Emma Cottier's introduction that made an immediate impact. Bustling and harrying the defence, her shot was parried by Lawson, falling to Simpson, whose strike went through Lawson's legs into the net as Ramsey restored the lead. Five minutes later, Cottier was the scourge of the opposing defence yet again, netting Ramsey's third. Via route one, the substitute beat the defence for pace and lobbed home a fine third.
Laxey's riposte came two minutes later. Found in space 20 yards out, Jane Irvine struck a shot that flew past Kelly's palms and into the back of the net, thus reducing the arrears. With Ramsey pushing further forward in search of their fourth, this left them exposed at the back. Brew put Siobhan Golding in the clear but shot narrowly wide and Brew came close again, one-on-one with Kelly but steering her shot wide.
On 82 minutes, Laxey drew level for the second occasion. Irvine struck a shot that was well parried by Lawson, Winn followed up and converted from close range for an equaliser. However Ramsey could have clinched the winner in the closing stages as Parker's dipping through ball put Kealey Hawthorne in the clear, but she drove her shot straight at Lawson and Sarah Cleator had a dipping effort land on the roof of the net.
Gymnasium recorded their second win of the season, defeating Colby 2-1 at Glen Road. The southerners were deserving of their first half lead after Nicola Cooil was found in space on the right, her cross was flicked on by Rachel Gawne for Louise Corkish to bury home for her first goal for the club. Colby weren't at the races at the start of the first half and conceded an early penalty, from which Dawn Quinn's strike was saved by Monika Gale.Quinn made amends moments later, her corner was half cleared, finding Kim Carney to equalise on the edge of the six yard box. Gymnasium grabbed the winner when Angela Guest scored with the outside of the boot.
Corinthians continued their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Castletown with all three goals coming in the first half. Jade Burden crossed from the right for Leonie Roberts to convert for their opener with Roberts returning the compliment, threading a through ball on the edge of the penalty area for Burden to score. Corinthians were then awarded a penalty but Roberts' effort was saved by goalkeeper Jane Coulthurst. Roberts redeemed herself when Anna Quayle crossed from the left for her to score her second.
Rushen Utd clocked up the biggest scoreline so far this season by firing twenty past Michael Utd without reply. Leading 6-0 at half-time, Donna Harrison (5), debutante Hayley Cowin (4), Hannah Biggerstaff (4), Eleanor Gawne (3), Tricia Fleming (2), Becky Watterson and Kirsty Qualtrough were on target for the southerners.
Douglas Royal also recorded their second win of the season, 4-2 against an improving Peel, although the Douglas outfit could only field 10 players. Vanessa Roberts took full advantage of this with a 25-yard shot within the opening minute that stand-in goalkeeper Samantha Jordan could not reach. Moments later, Royals equalised courtesy of a through ball from Donna Shimmin on the left wing that Bekki Cole met and was able to finish into the bottom corner of the net. Midway through the first half Royals saw themselves go down to nine players as Vicky Worthington limped off. This did not deter Royals and they were rewarded when Cole put Shimmin through on goal, her initial shot was well saved by Peel's goalkeeper but Shimmin was quick to react and smashed home a goal.
Royals were quicker out of the starting blocks in the second half and piled on the pressure. Sammy MacDonald found Cole who held off Peel's defender Lisa Kelly and tucked her shot away. Royals got their fourth when MacDonald went on a surging run down the right wing and crossed into the box, Shimmin was on the end of it to head home. This did not deflate the Peel side and their efforts were rewarded when good play down the right saw the ball fall to Faulkner whose shot was blocked by MacDonald but looped over Jordan for Peel's second.
Photo - Ramsey's Tara Slinger (left) shields the ball from Laxey's Lorraine Beattie (Paul Hatton).
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