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Should Michael Utd ever adopt a motto it should be the Latin phrase "Nil desparandum" (translated - never say die!).
Michael Utd, against ever increasing odds, are a team that refuse to die. Goalless at half time, an improving Peel outfit eventually got the breakthrough on 74 minutes from Emma Faulkner. Further strikes from Lisa Kelly and Faulkner secured a 3-0 win in this western derby.
Straight from the whistle, it was the Alamo in the Michael half as Peel launched wave after wave of attacks with Vanessa Roberts the creative fulcrum and the driving force from midfield. But their final third was met with some wayward shooting or an excellent rearguard, Jo Callister outstanding in the heart of the Michael defence alongside her cohorts, Haley Jones, Laura Davies and Andi Kennish with goalkeeper Kate Connell faultless in her handling.
Emma Faulkner steered wide following a Roberts corner and minutes later rounded Connell only to miss an open goal. Claudia Konig had a glorious opportunity, getting goal side of her marker only to flash an effort over the bar. Kerry Beattie also came close, rounding Connell, only for Jo Callister to make an important goal line clearance and Roberts scooped a free kick over. Michael's only notable effort came before half time, Liz Moore thrusting a shot straight at Dawson's raised palms, yet remarkably, the Michael goal remained intact come the interval.
Roberts had two shots that were well saved by Connell after the break as Michael continued to hold until the 74th minute when Peel got the all-important breakthrough. Vanessa Roberts glided through midfield and smashed a shot that Connell did well to parry, Faulkner reacting quickest to stab home from close range. Two minutes later, Peel took another step to victory following a Michael corner, the Douglas Road outfit forced a counter attack resulting in Faulkner being ushered by Laura Davies on the left goal line, the Peel player teed it into the advancing path of Lisa Kelly to slot home at the near post.
Roberts was again the instigator for Peel, wrapping up victory before full time. Feeding a through ball to Faulkner, the Peel number 10 went onto smash an effort into the roof of the net.
Michael Utd: Kate Connell, Laura Davies, Andi Kennish, Jennie Davies, Jo Callister, Haley Jones, Liz Moore, Sarah Bell, Vicky Bell (Christine Evans 75mins) Sally Kennish, Debbie Cormode
Peel: Jo Dawson, Lisa Kelly, Donna Harrison, Michelle Flanagan, Kerry Beattie, Bernadette Dunn, Renee Micholaginiannis, Debbie Hunter, Vanessa Roberts, Emma Faulkner, Claudia Konig (Ann Parry 63mins)
Rushen Utd were given a scare against Gymnasium but finished as 3-1 winners. Gymns started with ten players but later made up the full starting compliment - Rushen had a goal ruled out early on with the score remaining goalless at half time but it was Gymns who took the lead, Dawn Quinn seizing on a defensive lapse, lobbing home from the acutest of angles. Goalkeeper Rose Ozga was then carried off injured as Rushen had to play the remainder of the match with ten players but the southerners cranked up the gears, equalising when Donna Harrison worked a one-two with Katie Halsall before firing home. Harrison scored their scored following some good approach play from Eleanor Gawne and Harrison returned the compliment, squaring it to Gawne to score their third.
Corinthians continue to top the league following a 6-0 win over Colby, despite playing with only ten players, notable absentees were Leonie Roberts and Stephanie Hall. Newly appointed Corinthians captain Sarah O'Reilly opened the scoring on eight minutes, converting from close range after good work from Helen Thomas. Anna Quayle sidefooted home their second on 24 minutes, the assist again coming via Thomas, with Jade Burden volleying home from six yards a minute later. Voirrey Holmes slotted home to make it 4-0 at the interval following a mazy run from Thomas with Holmes notching twice more in the second half to complete her hat-trick.
Douglas Royal went on to clock up double figures for the second occasion, defeating Ramsey 18-0 with Donna Shimmin scoring nine. Ceri Purvis opened the scoring with a double salvo with Leanne Ashe converting Shimmin's corner to make it 3-0. Shimmin completed a hat-trick next with Purvis unleashing a fine shot over Ramsey's Gemma Davies to make it 7-0. Purvis was on target again after the break with Shimmin firing home a quick brace. Ashe scrambled home her second following another corner for Royal's eleventh and some good work from Kym Hicklin released Shimmin down the left wing to cut in to score into the bottom left corner to make it 12-0. Shimmin got her seventh goal with a fine 20-yard shot, Bekki Cole curled the ball home in off the post to make it 14-0 before Ashe completed her hat-trick with a left footed shot. Shimmin completed her scoring with another brace and Ashe got her fourth and Royals' final goal.
Castletown went onto register their third win on the season, defeating Laxey 7-2. An even match for first 25 minutes with chances at both ends, before Town opened the scoring following a through ball for Sarah Denny to slot home with Wendy Gurney converting goal number two from another defence splitting pass. Donna Brooker scored Town's third following a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Gurney bagged her second after the break with Denny scoring twice from long range strikes to make it 6-0. Laxey pulled a goal back from a good passing move between Jane Irvine and Dawn Winn for Barlow to shot home across the keeper from ten yards. Two minutes later, a Winn shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Jane Irvine nipped in to toepoke home but the Reds had the final say, scoring their seventh from a Hannah Keggin effort.
Photo - Michael Utd's Vicky Bell (right) is shadowed by Renee Micholaginiannis of Peel
(Report & Photo - Paul Hatton).
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