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Colby persistence rewarded
 Women's Football News 26 Mar 2009
Colby persistence rewarded - 26 Mar 2009 - Women's Football NewsThere is a feeling of injustice at Colby AFC in terms of Isle of Man women's football. 
Two seasons back, Colby played their football in the Second Division when the format was two leagues, finishing in mid-table. The following campaign, the competition changed to one league only and they finished higher than their previous season's Division Two counterparts. If the original format was not changed, Colby would have finished as Second Division Champions.
This season has been one of frustration for Colby with a lengthy injury list and players retiring and it has been hard to build on this. But there were signs of promise last Sunday when they recorded their fourth win of the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Michael Utd in the Isle of Man Division Two.
The Glen Road outfit started promisingly enough, pushing the opposition in their own half with promising midfield runs from Louise Corkish, Lisa McAuley-Quayle and Emma Gill, quickly putting the Michael back line under pressure.
Colby started to create the chances. Nikki Cooil slipped a pass across the six yard box but the advancing Corkish could not apply the decisive touch, while Gill's cut-back found Cooil who blazed over. Colby did labour for a spell and, for most of the match, were too one-dimensional, relying heavily on the flank play of Cooil and the footballing talents of Emma Gill and Claire Scott on the other flank were not utilised enough. Michael capitalised by enjoying swathes of possession in the opposing half but lacked attacking invention to seriously test goalkeeper Monika Gale.
Yet Colby did mount a late surge and with time running out in the first half, Claire Scott pushed down the right and played it inside, Cooil again lifted over the target but in added time, when it was heading goalless at the interval, a lapse in concentration would cost Michael Utd dear.
Cooil's throw in was collected by Alice Leadbeater to get goal side of her marker Kate Connell, who chopped down the southern player and referee Anthony Quayle blew for the penalty, Cooil dispatching her spot kick with consummate ease into the bottom right corner.
Colby built on this after the break, Leadbeater's free-kick found Corkish who headed straight at goalkeeper Jo Callister, her catching was exemplarily throughout. Michael did force an opening through Kayleigh Burgess, muscling her way past the Colby defence, her stinging shot warming Gale's palms.
But for the remainder of match, the home side penned the visitors in their own half and went close again, Scott working two shooting opportunities only to hit the side netting.
Colby had to wait in the closing stages following a period of domination to net their second. Cooil played the ball inside finding Corkish, with a near empty net in front of her and homing in towards goal, slotting home to make it 2-0.
Colby: Monika Gale, Alice Leadbeater, Eleanor Paul (sub Francesca Smith 72mins), Lisa McAuley-Quayle, Theresa Grainger, Louise Corkish (sub Samantha Quayle 88mins), Emma Gill, Claire Scott, Nikki Cain, Nikki Cooil, Charlotte Cain.
Michael Utd: Jo Callister, Sarah Bell, Andi Kennish, Jennie Davies, Kate Connell, Becky Tully, Fiona Sellars, Sam Yewdall, Debbie Cormode, Tamsyn Cleavely, Kayleigh Burgess (sub Sally Kennish 74mins).

(Report by Paul Hatton)

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