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An interesting battle has occurred in this season's Manx women's football as to who will clinch the fourth place.
Two such teams are Castletown and Peel who met at the Stadium last season and they played out a goalless draw. Although there is an acceptance that they are not ready to challenge the big three, fourth position will give an important yardstick as to how they have improved compared to last year.
With Castletown playing five across the back, employing Stacey Kelly as a sweeper and Emma Faulkner reverting to central defence in the first forty five minutes, Peel did make numerous excursions into their opponents half but Castletown stifled the western attack for long spells and forced to hit their opponents on the break. Peel, however, did have the first clear cut opportunity, Sarah McChesney was put in the clear and struck her effort against the post, the rebound was deflected wide.
Sarah Denny and Emma Faulkner both saw efforts go wide off the upright but most of the first half was locked in midfield and you had to wait until the 35th minute for the next opening. Wendy Guerney's pass freed Kylie Whitehouse on the left and she drove a stinging shot straight at Dawson.
After the interval, Denny had two snap shots straight at Dawson but chances were still at a premium. Peel's best chance came midway through the second half, Renee Micholaginiannis's surging run was met by Faulkner, working an extra yard over her marker Sharon Whitehouse before she executed a powerful low drive that was met by Coulthurst's crouched body.
Yet Denny could have snatched victory with barely minutes left on the clock. Accelerating into the box, she got goal side of her marker and fired a low drive across goal that agonisingly missed the upright and in added time, a free kick was met by Dawson's palms.
Colby clinched their second win of the season against Michael Utd. Yet again, Michael held out until the closing stages with defender Jo Callister defending like a demon and Kate Connell again excelling between the posts. The opening goal arrived following a scramble, Nicky Cooil volleying the ball into the net. Colby made it 2-0 minutes later following another corner that was half cleared as far as Alice Leadbeater who smashed home a 20-yard volley. Just before full time, Colby got their third following another half cleared corner, Debbie Wignell drive home her effort from around the penalty spot for her first goal for the club.
Rushen Utd thought that they got back to winning ways when leading Ramsey 13-0. But with only ten minutes remaining, Ramsey goalkeeper Gemma Kelly dislocated her knee and the match had to be abandoned.
Corinthians made it seven wins from seven with a 7-0 victory over a very defensive Laxey. Helen Thomas opening the scoring midway through the first half with a quality strike from 25 yards, the lead was soon doubled courtesy of Jade Burden after a typically powerful run before neatly passing into the net and she added another before half time. Burden turned provider for their fourth, unselfishly squaring from the right for Sarah O'Reilly to side foot home from close range. Anna Quayle notched twice in quick succession to extend the Whites advantage and Jade Burden wrapped the game up with a close range effort her 14th of the season, in the dying minutes.
Another team in seventh heaven was Douglas Royal, who beat Gymnasium 7-0. The Noble's Park outfit applied the pressure straight from the outset but failed to find any fluency in their passing. Ceri Purvis and Donna Shimmin had early shots blocked and well saved by the Gymns keeper. The deadlock was finally broken in the 30th minute, Leanne Ashe's 18-yard shot was deflected in by a Gymns player. Bekki Cole played a through ball to Shimmin who turned a defender and scored with a left footed shot across the keeper to make it 2-0. Shimmin got her brace after Purvis' pass was not cleared by the Gymns' defence, pouncing on the loose ball to fire home.
In the second half, Sammy MacDonald crossed from the right wing for Ashe to get on the end of and hit home from close range to make it 4-0. Purvis intercepted a goal kick and controlled it well to smash a 20-yard shot into an empty net before the keeper could get back between the posts. An individual effort by Kym Hicklin made it 6-0, the defender picking the ball up on the halfway line and running past three players to then blast a shot into the bottom right hand corner. Cole finished off the scoring when she got on the end of a Purvis cross to make it 7-0.
Photo - Peel's Kerry Beattie (right) is closely monitored by Castletown's Rachel Palmer
(Report and photo - Paul Hatton)
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