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For the teams and spectators who weathered the storm last Sunday at Peel, they were treated to a first half goal feast, seven out of the eight goals coming in the opening forty five minutes as Peel maintained mid-table respectability in the Isle of Man League with a 5-3 win over Laxey.
Straight from the kick off, the home side opened their account with barely a minute registered on the clock. Working a succession of one-twos from the centre spot, Emma Faulkner and Claudia Konig ventured unopposed into the Laxey half and penalty area, goalkeeper Voirrey Lawson rushed out thwarting Faulkner but the rebound fell to Konig who chipped it into an empty net.
With Faulkner running amok, her powerful runs were always a scourge for the opposing defence. A low drive was tipped away by Lawson, but the westerners found the net again ten minutes later. A Faulkner corner resulted in a melee, the away side couldn't clear their lines after three attempts until Konig duly capitalised, sweeping home Peel's second.
There was simply no stopping Faulkner in this opening spell, she was put in the clear again only to be denied by Lawson and it came as no surprise that she found the net on the quarter hour mark. Picking up possession on the left, she waltzed her way past a green and white back line before rounding the keeper and tucking home to make it 3-0.
Cue the Laxey fightback. With Rhiannaon Brew and Dawn Winn beginning to size control and Kelly Barlow looking lively in attack, they pulled a goal back on 20 minutes. Brew's through ball caught out the Peel defence, putting Winn in the clear, Dawson rushed out but the Laxey midfielder hopped over the goalkeeper forcing her wide, but kept her composure and tucked home from an acute angle. Buoyed by this new found confidence, Laxey struck again. Winn guided a pass through the western back line, Brew latched onto this and despite going wide, rolled the ball home from a tight angle
Just when Laxey were making in-roads in this fixture, Peel restored their two goal cushion. Kerry Beattie was on the right touchline, where she chipped over Lawson's outstretched arm and into the top left corner. The Douglas Road side found the net for the fifth occasion just before half time, Ann Parry passed to Faulkner on the left, the forward shielded from Lorraine Beattie and stole a march before whacking her effort from the edge of the box past Lawson to make it 5-2.
Laxey had the advantage of the elements in the second half, creating the first chance, Barlow teeing up Kerry Lockwood who drove her strike wide. The visitors reduced the arrears following a Lockwood corner, which Faulkner sliced back into the danger zone, Barlow charged in and smashed home from close range.
For much of the remainder of the second half, play meandered through the motions but it was Laxey who came the closest to adding to their scoreline. Winn started on a run from the halfway line and raced clear, dragging her shot narrowly wide.
In the remaining match, Gymnasium maintained an impressive fourth place with a 3-0 away win over Castletown. Dawn Quinn opened the scoring with a first half strike from the edge of the opposing box and she added a second after the interval from the penalty spot. Rachel Beckley completed the scoring with a headed effort. This win makes Gymnasium the most successful side on their travels this campaign, five out of their seven wins have been away from home. The match also witnessed the return of Castletown's promising youngster Kim Watson. (Report - Paul Hatton)
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