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The romance of cup competitions extended to the Isle of Man Floodlit Cup last Sunday when Laxey qualified for the semi finals for the first time in their 10-year history after drawing 0-0 with Colby.
But sadly this match was far from a classic. Colby had not played a fixture since the beginning of December, a performance built more on defensive fortitude. Nikki Cain kept snapping away at the three-pronged Laxey attack whilst Theresa Grainger - playing against her former club - dropped a few yards, clearing any lingering danger, always encouraging and organising the back line. Claire Scott yet again showed her versatility, playing at right back, where she put in a no-nonsense performance.
The match struggled to spark into life with the opening throws and for most of this encounter. Kelly Barlow worked a clever one-two with Christina Sutton, Nikki Cain putting in a decisive challenge when the latter was about to shoot. Barlow then tried her luck from distance with a testing dipping effort, goalkeeper Monika Gale superbly dealing with the danger.
Colby enjoyed a spell of playing good football, passing neatly but whenever they went on the offensive, Charlotte Cain was caught offside on four occasions. She missed the guiding hand of influential striker Debbie Wignall who had picked up an injury during training. The only occasion she was onside, she fired an effort narrowly wide across goal.
After the break, Kerry Lockwood started to impose herself in midfield, mustering some promising runs with Catherine Callow twice trying her luck from distance, Gale easily collecting.
Louise Corkish and Nikki Cooil drove efforts wide for Colby whilst at the other end, Sutton missed the target following Siobhan Golding's cross. Laxey continued to push forward and came close to scoring when Dawn Winn worked a shooting chance, her effort striking the post, Barlow followed up but the danger was cleared.
Barlow came close again, Sutton firing a testing effort across goal, the Laxey striker came in sliding at the far post with an outstretched leg and, staring at an empty net, could not apply the decisive touch.
Despite a late push, neither side could plot the winning move which resulted in footballing stalemate at full time but it was Laxey who came off the pitch with smiling faces, knowing they have reached a place in the final four.
Colby: Monika Gale, Alice Leadbeater, Eleanor Paul, Nikki Cain, Theresa Grainger, Louise Corkish, Francesa Smith, Claire Scott, Emma Gill, Nikki Cooil, Charlotte Cain. Subs not used: Samantha Quayle, Sandra Glassey
Laxey: Voirrey Lawson, Kirstie Egerton, Alexis Teare, Dawn Winn, Rebecca Kirk, Christina Sutton, Siobhan Golding, Sarah Houghton (sub Louise Smith 46mins), Catherine Callow, Kerry Lockwood, Kelly Barlow. Sub not used: Janine Cameron
Gymnasium maintained their qualification ambitions with a 6-0 won over free falling Castletown. Kim Carney drilled home the only goal in the first half with an effort on the edge of the area before substitute Gill Christian - playing her first game since her transfer - netted after the break with a her first touch with an effort from 18 yards. Rachel Beckley turned on a sixpence and fired into the roof of the net to make it 3-0 with Dawn Quinn (pictured) quickly firing in a brace. Zoe Carney completed the scoring, taping home from six yards after collecting a pass from her sister Kim.
Corinthians went on the rampage by defeating Ramsey 10-0, despite the Whites only fielding nine players. Sarah Kerford started the rout with a neat finish with Lauren Christian tucking away a brace. Steph Hall drove home from 18 yards for their fourth and she was involved in their fifth, heading it on for Christian to nod home and complete a hat-trick. Hall netted again from the penalty spot after the break and completed her own hat-trick, following up Sarah O'Reilly's free kick that had been blocked. O'Reilly got herself on the scoresheet for their eighth with a superb 30-yard looping effort that dropped underside of the crossbar with goalkeeper Rachel Quirk, playing outfield, firing home from 10 yards to make it 9-0. Kerford made it double figures, slotting home into the bottom corner.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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