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Castletown made Isle of Man women's footballing history last Sunday when they became the first team outside the top flight to reach an FA Cup final after defeating Laxey 5-4 in extra time.
The encounter looked a staid affair after 90 minutes, deadlocked at 2-2, but unexpectedly burst into life in extra time. The southerners then took a 4-2 lead before Laxey levelled matters at 4-4, but Sarah Denny would clinch the winner with the last attack of the game and book a date with Douglas Royal in the Final this Sunday.
Despite a promising start from the hosts, it was the visitors that struck first when Catherine Callow slipped a pass to Dawn Winn who drove into bottom left corner. However Laxey always lived dangerously, Castletown came with the trickery and pace of Sara Ismail-Sutton and Kim Watson, the battling Sarah Jackson and Denny pulling midfield strings, and levelled matters on 23 minutes when Denny's diagonal pass found Watson to steer home. Laxey restored their lead eight minutes later as Sarah Houghton crossed for Lockwood, who composed herself to drive into the bottom corner.
With Laxey having the advantage of the elements in the second half, they couldn't settle into any footballing rhythm, conceding numerous corners and free kicks as Castletown enjoyed large swathes of possession in opposing territory. The hosts, therefore deservedly equalised on 63 minutes, Emma Davenport crossed to find Watson in acres of space, where she slammed into the roof of the net. Neither side could add to their scoreline, the match therefore entered extra time.
Watson completed her hat-trick when Laxey conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area, the Castletown midfielder drove her shot past the wall and just under the bar. Just before the third interlude, Watson's corner found a Laxey player who steered into her own net to make it 4-2.
Dave Callow's side hit back after the change of ends and Lockwood led the charge, her long effort hit the bar, the rebound falling to Houghton who crashed an effort into the top right corner. Then, on 119 minutes, a free kick was awarded 30 yards out on the left, Lockwood's set piece was fumbled by Kayleigh and into her out net to make it 4-4.
Penalties loomed as the match entered added time in the second quarter but there was to be one final twist. Watson raced on, her pass found Ismail-Sutton, whose shot was parried by Lawson, but Denny followed in to sweep into the net for a dramatic winner.
Castletown: Jane Kayleigh, Donna Primrose-Smith, Sharon Whitehouse, Tracey Lowe, Charlie Watson (Stacey Kelly 102m), Sarah Jackson, Sarah Denny, Kim Watson, Sara Ismail-Sutton, Rachel Palmer, Justine Carran (Emma Davenport 46m)
Laxey: Voirrey Lawson, Kirsty Egerton, Alexis Teare, Dawn Winn, Rebecca Kirk, Christina Sutton (97m), Siobhan Golding (Lorraine Beattie 106m), Sarah Houghton, Catherine Callow, Kerry Lockwood, Kelly Barlow
Douglas Royal reached their fifth FA Cup Final by defeating a battling Gymnasium 4-1. Donna Shimmin opened the scoring following a tap in with Ceri Purvis driving an effort into the bottom corner for their second. Orna Lynch made it three with a lobbed effort before Dawn Quinn pulled a goal back when she intercepted a goal kick. Shimmin had the last word however, netting her second to book their passage to the final.
In Division One, Rushen Utd stoked up their title ambitions with a 4-1 win over Corinthians. Eleanor Gawne made it 1-0 with a shot from the edge of the area with an effort from the area with Donna Harrison making it two. Hayley Cowin scored an excellent volley with Harrison netting again after the break, Corinthians scoring a consolation from a Sarah O'Reilly free kick.
In Division Two, Ramsey made it two wins out of two with a 7-0 victory over Michael Utd. Natalie Davies opened the scoring following a Tara Slinger cross with Kealey Hawthorn converting after being put clear with only the goalkeeper to beat. Slinger netted their third - her first ever goal - applying the finish at the far post following Bekkie Colquitt's corner. Sarah Perry scored their fourth after the break with a fine individual effort with Colquitt scoring to make it 5-0. Hannah Thomspon bagged a goal following a scramble and Colquitt tapped in her second to complete the scoring.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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