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With Gymnasium being the most successful team on the road so far in the Isle of Man league, last Sunday at Noble's Park, home of Corinthians was like the epic World War 2 film "A Bridge too Far!", losing 6-1. Like the movie, Gymns came across a star-studded cast of some of the most promising women's footballers with Jade Burden performing the lead role by scoring four goals.
However Mark Reid's side can take a lot of positives from this season and this performance - they never gave up and continued to battle and harry Corinthians through-out with the impressive Erin Carpenter and Kim Carney, a combative operator in midfield was outstanding.
On commencement, Corinthians could not settle in their stride, Gymnasium forcing the first chance when Suzie Maiden was in the clear only to be denied by an alert Rachel Quirk. Corinthians created some chances of their own, Emily Winterton denying Jade Burden and Sarah Kerford fired a stinging effort at the crossbar. Gymnasium continued to soak up the Corinthians' pressure and hit them on the counter. On 20 minutes, the Whites' pressure bore fruit. There appeared little danger when Kerford was found on the right, her cross shot was misjudged by Winterton before flying over her upstretched arm and nestling into the net.
Fourteen minutes later, Corinthians got their second. Following a bout of footballing pinball in the Gymnasium penalty area, Burden's instincts were on hand to steer home form close range. Just before the break, Gymnasium were again guilty of not clearing their defensive lines which cost them their third, having at least three attempts to clear the lingering danger before Burden was on hand to chip home.
Only two minutes had passed in the second half and Corinthians were four up.
A neat interchange of play from Helen Thomas on the left, the danger fell into the path of Voirrey Holmes who exquisitely chipped, finding the blind spot between Winterton's outstretched palm and the bar before nestling home. Holmes then turned provider for their fifth, racing down the left before squaring it to Burden to stab home.
Corinthians then made it 6-0 after breaking down a Gymnasium attack, the home side forced the counter with Burden racing and cutting in from the right before she drilled home her effort at the near post. Gymnasium continued to battle and although lacking the important cutting edge, they did pull a goal back. Rachel Beckley's diagonal pass found Dawn Quinn who lifted her effort into the roof of the net. Before the full time whistle, Carney could have reduced the arrears further when her long range effort was denied by the bar.
Douglas Royal still maintained their Championship charge with a 7-0 over Castletown. The Noble's Park side opened the scoring when Siobhan Lockwood threaded a through ball to Donna Shimmin who cut into the box and finished across the goalkeeper. Orna Lynch scored the second goal after a Bekki Cole corner was not dealt with by the away side. Karen Faragher got her name on the scoresheet after the interval, expertly lobbing goalkeeper Donna Primrose-Smith. Lockwood got Royals' fourth reacting to a goalkeeping parry to poke home. Leanne Ashe made it 5-0 from a Shimmin through ball to fire home - Ashe repaying the compliment and a neat one-two between Shimmin to net their sixth. Shimmin completed her hat-trick after the ball fell to her in the 18-yard box to slot home.
Colby bounced back to winning ways after last week's drubbing with a 5-3 win over Laxey at Glen Road. Dawn Winn opened the Miners' account, firing home an effort at the near post with Nikki Cooil volleying home an equaliser and she turned provider for their second and third, Louise Corkish and Claire Scott converting respectively. Scott found the net again before half time with Kelly Barlow netting twice for the home side after the interval. But it was Debbie Wignall who had the final say, netting Colby's fifth.
The result of afternoon has to go to Michael Utd, claiming their first league point of the season by holding Ramsey to a goalless draw, and it was Michael who came the closest to scoring, captain Jennie Davies's free kick hitting the bar. (Report by Paul Hatton)
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