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Corinthians defeated Gymnasium 5-1 and, in doing so, clinched their first ever Isle of Man Division One title.
Already having secured the Floodlit Cup, they have now replicated the achievements of Douglas Royal and a now defunct Malew and Rushen Utd. Should the Whites defeat holders Douglas Royal in the FA Cup final on 9th May, they will complete the 'treble'.
Champagne flowed after the final whistle, as did the goals in the second half, but for Corinthians their first half was a flat as warm beer. With the hosts buoyed by the return of Gill Christian, the visitors, at times, were playing too deep, inviting their opponents into their own half, but yet again lacked the clinical threat. When Corinthians did attack, they were again met by the inspired goalkeeping of Suzie Maiden as nerves were getting to the Whites.
It needed a bit of sparkle to unlock the obstinate Gymnasium defence and it occurred on 37 minutes. Intercepting Elaine Wiseman's clearance, ex-Douglas Royal player Paula Beck cut in from the left, weaved her way past two defenders before chipping her effort into the top left for an excellent goal.
Corinthians re-organised at the interval and nerves were eased on 48 minutes with a second and another high quality goal, Amy Speed collecting possession within her own half and racing to the other side of the pitch to dink home.
Jade Burden scored Corinthians' third, shielding the ball and then out-muscling her marker, before driving her shot into the bottom left corner past a motionless Maiden and she netted again after collecting Leanne Prescott's oblique through ball, then skipped past the advancing keeper and slipped home into an empty net.
Three times IOMFA women's Player of the Year Anna Dillon had a say in their final goal after forcing a corner, she worked a one-two with Sarah Kerford before drilling in a low, hard shot across goal and debutante Kayleigh Callow was lurking to drive home her shot into the roof of the net. Gymnasium's consolation came from a contentious penalty which Gill Christian dispatched.
Gymnasium: Suzie Maiden, Stephanie O'Hanlon, Kerry Penswick, Rachel Beckley, Gill Christian, Kim Carney (sub Fay Gordon 69mins), Renee Michalogiannis, Elaine Wiseman, Toni Beresford (sub Jessica Pope 64mins), Dawn Quinn, Zoe Carney.
Corinthians: Rose Ozga, Leanne Prescott, Natalie Johnson, Sarah O'Reilly, Jane Bottomley (sub Lauren Christian 46mins), Lynette Corran (sub Tracey Cowley 72mins), Amy Speed, Anna Dillon, Jade Burden, Sarah Kerford, Paula Beck.
Douglas Royal finished their league campaign with a 2-1 win over Castletown. Leading 1-0 at the interval, Leanne Ashe and Vicky Worthington netted for the fallen champions, the southerners' reply coming from a Justine Carran effort.
In Division Two, Ramsey are the newly crowned Champions following their 10-0 thrashing of St George's. Leading 6-0 at the break, Sarah Perry (3), Lauren Stoutt (3), Bekkie Colquitt, Tasha Moore, Sam MacDonald and Molly Canavan all found the back of the net for the Ballacloan outfit.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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