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Gymnasium's manager Mark Reid once said that he wouldn't swap his central midfield partnership of Kim Carney and Rachel Beckley with anyone else.
From last Sunday's performance, you can understand why as they both found the net when defeating Castletown 4-1 in the Isle of Man League and confining the southerners to another season of Second Division football.
But it must have been the team performance overall that must have pleased Reid. From the outset, the Tromode side meant business with Beckley diligently anchoring the midfield while Carney was everywhere and the diagonal runs of forwards Elaine Wiseman and Dawn Quinn quickly cut the visiting defence to shreds.
It was the Gymnasium sister act that combined for the opening goal on 10 minutes, Zoe's pass from deep found Kim who burst away from the opposing defensive wall and guide her shot into the bottom left. Castletown hit back with Pippa Davies curling narrowly wide of the upright and Sarah Denny's long range effort was collected by Rose Ozga but Gymnasium continued to dictate proceedings, a second goal arriving on 31 minutes. A Carney throw was flicked on by Beckley's head at the near post and the ball went across goal, nestling just inside the far stanchion.
The sister act was at it again, Kim collecting another deep pass from Zoe, her pace got the better of defender Sharon Whitehouse before she was clipped in the opposing penalty area and referee Anthony Quayle blew for a penalty, however Quinn drove the spot kick straight at Coulthurst.
Wiseman hit the post for Gymns but Carney spared Quinn's blushes scoring their third, a move involving Quinn and Zoe Carney was perfectly finished by Kim when she bamboozled an opposing defender, working the shooting opportunity before drilling in at the near post.
But Castletown gave the hosts something to think about, pulling a goal back before half time. Kim Watson's ball over the top found Tricia Fleming in acres of space to steer past a horizontal Ozga.
The visitors started after the interlude in determined mood with Davies narrowly lifting her effort over the bar and livewire Kim Watson going close on three occasions, her first struck the post, the second drew out an excellent save following an angled shot and the third went narrowly wide.
But Gymnasium continued to create openings too with Quinn twice just missing the target and they wrapped up proceeding with a fourth, Beckley's ball over the top freed Carney again, her initial shot was repelled but she followed up to make sure.
Colby collected a rare win this season after defeating Laxey 1-0. The breakthrough came in the first half when Alice Leadbeater's free kick on the right found Laxey's Rebecca Kirk who headed across her own goal for Nikki Cooil to slot home. Colby enjoyed more of the possession, although Laxey did come close to equalising when Rhiannon Brew's effort hit the woodwork.
Douglas Royal were given a good run for their money but came out 2-0 winners over Peel. The current champions took the lead before half time when Bekki Cole blasted a 20-yard effort that flew in just under the bar. Peel had an excellent chance to level matters when they were awarded a penalty following a handball, however Emma Faulkner struck her kick against the bar. Peel were left to rue this missed opportunity when Donna Shimmin fired home their second on 83 minutes from a tight angle.
Rushen Utd clocked up their biggest win of the season by defeating Michael Utd 17-0. Leading 4-0 at half-time, Donna Harrison (7), Siobhann Lockwood (4), Dawn Georgeson (3), Hannah Biggerstaff, Sam Macdonald, and Hannah Griffiths - who scored her first goal for her new club with an 18-yard strike - found the net for the southerners.
Corinthians also hit double figures with a 19-0 win over Ramsey. Jade Burden helped herself to ten goals while Leonie Roberts, Sarah Kerford and Anna Dillon all contributed doubles. Stephanie Hall, Jane Bottomley and Lauren Christian also hit the net for the Noble's Park outfit. The match also marked two milestones with Jade Burden becoming the first Corinthians' player to score over 100 goals and their tenth goal (scored by Jade) was the 500th goal in the club's history.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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