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It's amazing how personnel can quickly change in sport. On the wall in the Ramsey AFC clubhouse is a team photograph of their women's team when they last won a league match back in October 2007.
Last Sunday, they ended their winless streak in the league by defeating Michael Utd 1-0. Only four players featured for Ramsey in both of these matches.
This was a football match of the two Davieses. Ramsey's Natalie Davies changed from game keeper to game poacher, switching from central defence to striker, gave a superb display leading the leading the forward line, providing the attacking foil for Sarah Perry whilst Michael Utd's Jennie Davies yet again excelled in the heart of their defence, constantly covering ground with timely interceptions and clearances.
Other players deserve a special mention. Jo Quine gave energy and balance along the left whilst Tara Slinger worked tirelessly in midfield, constantly slipping probing through balls which opened up the opposing defence.
Ramsey were superb mostly throughout the match, playing short, intricate, measured passing football. Michael too easily surrendered possession within midfield meant they were mostly on the back foot, the Ballacloan outfit quickly went on the offensive and could have easily won by a more comfortable margin.
Natalie Davies and Catherine Kennedy worked shooting chances but the first real opportunity came to Sarah Perry who was put clear but lost her composure at the critical moment, goalkeeper Kate Connell bravely saving at the Ramsey player's feet.
The Balleira Road outfit did on occasions venture into the opposing half, Debbie Cormode's tame shot straight at goalkeeper Gemma Kelly was their only notable chance in the first half, the latter having mostly an untroubled afternoon. But the northern outfit quickly settled back into their footballing stride, Perry going close again with Davies putting the ball into the back of the net - only for the 'goal' to be ruled out for offside.
Ramsey's domination was eventually rewarded with a goal on the stroke of half time courtesy from full back Catherine Kennedy. Collecting possession just inside the opposing half on the right, the she homed in towards goal and kept her composure, Davies monitored the situation but accidentally clashed with goalkeeper Connell and Kennedy tucked away her effort at the near post for what would eventually prove to be the winner. Team mates went over to congratulate her on scoring her first ever goal for the club.
After the break, Ramsey continued in the same vein as they did in the first, controlling possession with clever passing and constantly dragging the opposing defence apart. Davies was twice denied early on and came closer still as she intercepted a Connell goal kick, her effort hitting the framework of the goal. Michael, due to going down to ten players at the interval, rarely ventured outside their own half and were thankful for some excellent defending from Davies but Ramsey were always in control, their shooting either flew straight at Connell or went wide and they finished comfortable winners.
Ramsey: Gemma Kelly, Catherine Kennedy, Kate Leece (sub Claire Bush 57mins), Sarah Perry, Natalie Davies, Rebecca Foster, Louise Carder (sub Jenni Carey 53mins), Hannah Thompson, Tara Slinger, Wendy Hogan, Jo Quine (sub Charli Smith 55mins).
Michael Utd: Kate Connell, Kayleigh Burgess, Andi Kennish, Jennie Davies, Jo Callister, Becky Tully, Jenny Davies, Sam Yewdall, Debbie Cormode, Tamsyn Cleavely, Sally Kennish.
In the only other match to be played, Gymnasium beat Peel 5-0 in Division One. Zoe Carney opened the scoring with a cross shot, Dawn Quinn chipped home their second and also scored their third with Kim Carney being provider.
Gill Christian scored two identical goals in the second half, running her way through the Peel back line to finish with two good efforts.
The remaining fixtures were postponed.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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