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Siobhan's late, late leveller
 Women's Football News 18 Apr 2008
The top fixture was at Noble's Park where leaders Corinthians played host to second placed Douglas Royal. 
With the match entering added time and Corinthians leading 2-1, Royal's Kym Hicklin dropped her free kick behind the opposing defensive line where three white shirts beat the offside trap, Siobhan Lockwood was the grateful recipient and she dispatched her equalising shot past Rachel Quirk for a last gasp equaliser. How important her strike will be, only time will tell depending which side of Noble's Park the league title will end up this season.
This match had plenty of commitment and determination and it was the visitors who struck first on seven minutes. Andrea Lace's cross from the right found Donna Shimmin who was met with a Corinthians' defensive shield, but rolled it into the advancing path of Orna Lynch who found the net with an oblique drive. But it soon turned in the proverbial 'game of two halves' dictated by the slope and the elements. Leonie Roberts and Voirrey Holmes had shots thwarted by Williams and Holmes come close later on, chipping over the bar.
The home side soon had some tangible reward. Sam MacDonald was under pressure and Williams left her goalmouth but, rather than to pass back to the goalkeeper, the full back cleared across goal and an alert Holmes intercepted to place her effort into the bottom left for the equaliser. Holmes then had an angled effort hit the post but she was involved in Corinthians next goal. Working a one-two with Zoe McCann, she was flattened by Leanne Ashe and referee Michael Crabtree pointed to the spot. Helen Thomas made no mistake, placing her penalty into the bottom corner.
After the break, Royal had the advantage but their through balls from midfield were often overhit. Don't be surprised if they pilot goal-line technology at Noble's Park when Hicklin and Ashe had efforts hit the underside of the crossbar, and later on Shimmin was sent flying in the penalty area. But it was Lockwood's late strike which ensured the share of spoils, meaning Corinthians have the points on the board but Royal possess the games in hand.
Colby completed their first league double over Peel, courtesy of a 5-0 win. Charlotte Beards spooned her effort into the top corner after Peel didn't clear their defensive lines for their first. Nikki Cooil made it 2-0, cutting in from the left to fire home an off balance shot and she scored their third, picking up from the centre circle and roaming into the half before firing home. Emma Gill slotted home their fourth after a corner was not cleared and she completed a brace when she volleyed home from eight yards.
Match of the day was at The Stadium with Castletown beating Ramsey 4-3. Rebecca Colquitt scored first for the visitors with a 30-yard strike with Castletown equalising when Pippa Davies applied the decisive touch following a cross from the left and Kim Watson firing them into the lead with a 12-yard strike. Kealey Hawthorne chipped over the goalkeeper to make it 2-2 and Jennie Carey found the net for the northerners to make it 3-2 but the Reds drew level when Stacey Kelly cut in from the left to sidefoot home and Kim Watson scored the winner with a 25-yard free kick that went in via the bar.
Gymnasium continued their recent good form with a 7-1 win over Michael Utd. Dawn Quinn opened the scoring for the Tromode side with Kim Carney making it 2-0 following a determined run. Erin Carpenter converted their third with Angela Guest finding the net to make it 4-0. Debutante Zoe Bool's effort through the keeper's legs temporarily reduced the arrears with Erin Carpenter slotting home their fifth after Emma Corlett's volley was not dealt with. Carney and Quinn completed their braces to finish the scoring.
Rushen Utd beat Laxey for the second successive week, this time with a 10-1 scoreline. Donna Harrison struck first for the southerners with Dawn Winn drawing level. Katie Halsall restored Rushen's lead with Harrison netting their third and Elizabeth Stanley their fourth before half time. In the second half, Harrison and Hayley Cowin each went on to score hat-tricks.
(Paul Hatton)

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