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Emma earns Ramsey first victory
 Women's Football News 14 Oct 2007
 
Emma Cottier's 40th minute opportunist strike was enough to ensure Ramsey got with their first win of the season against a dogged Michael Utd outfit.
 
Starting with only 10 players, Michael Utd, with John "Dog" Callister in temporary charge, provided little in attack but their strength again came from an organised back-line in which Jennie Davies was outstanding leading by captain's example and must have covered every blade of grass on the Ballacloan surface.
 
With the metronomic Tara Slinger and the industrious Kealey Hawthorne in midfield, they provided fluency and worked some useful openings for Ramsey, the former sliding a through ball putting the pacey Cottier in the clear but she drove her shot straight at Connell. The Michael shot stopper was called into action again, denying Alice Qualtrough at full stretch and Cottier winning a 50-50 tussle with Jennie Davies, her resulting shot was repelled by her palms.
 
Michael did find the net after a free kick following a back pass, but Jennie Davies' strike couldn't find the decisive touch. With the match heading for half time and Michael's goal still intact, Ramsey got the important breakthrough on the 40th minute. Jo Callister's looping header on the edge of the box was seized upon by Cottier who got ahead of the Michael defender before flashing her effort into the net for the only goal of the game.
 
In the second half, Cottier was more involved utilising her pace and was denied by Connell and steered an effort wide and was later thwarted by Connell, but referee Ray Garrett waved away appeals for a penalty.
 
At the other end, Bekki Simpson drove a tame shot straight at Kelly. Substitute Sophia Watson was put in the clear by an excellent crossfield ball, only to be thwarted by Connell and Cottier, again using her pace, curled her shot wide. Moments later, Natalie Davies surged her way through the defence, again denied by Connell.
 
The visitors came close to scoring an equaliser as Callister's throw was half cleared and Davies unleashed a dipping effort that was met by Kelly's raised arms.
 
Ramsey: Gemma Kelly, Charlotte Rae, Cassie Hutchinson, Suzie Parker, Natalie Davies, Kate Leece, Kealey Hawthorne, Kirsty Askoy (Sophia Watson 67m), Tara Slinger, Emma Cottier, Alice Qualtrough
Michael Utd: Kate Connell, Laura Davies, Andi Kennish, Jennie Davies, Jo Callister, Haley Jones, Liz Moore, Vicky Bell, Sally Kennish, Bekki Simpson

 
Rushen Utd maintained their 100% record with a 6-0 win over Peel. Captain Gill Christian opened the scoring with a looping effort and, following some good from Katie Halsall on the right, passed to Eleanor Gawne whose lay-off resulted in Tricia Fleming firing home number two. Some more good work from Halsall on the right round Fleming, putting Gawne in the clear to score their third and Fleming completed a brace before half time. Two identical goals from Donna Harrison in the second half were she beat a few players before converting to round off the scoring.
 
Colby were left to rue missed chances when they were held 3-3 against Laxey. Colby created a number of openings and were deserving of their lead when Nikki Cooil's cross came off a Laxey player for an own goal. Laxey equalised from a Kerry Lockwood corner, Kelly Barlow applied the important touch. Colby weren't at the races after the interval and Laxey took the lead for the first time from another spectacular Lockwood free kick. Colby equalised when Cooil weaved her way past the defence before rounding the goalkeeper to convert and she completed her brace moments later. However Colby's inability to defend from set pieces cost them dear, another Lockwood corner resulted in a scramble and Alexis Keary stabbed home at close range for the equaliser and her first goal for the club.
 
Douglas Royal maintained their winning streaks with their third big victory of the season beating Castletown 19-0. Leanne Ashe maintained her scoring when she poked home Bekki Cole's shot and she got her brace moments later after Donna Shimmin's shot was parried by Castletown's keeper. Shimmin scored her first of the match when Cole pulled the ball back for her to smash home. Cole then got her first with a fine drive that the keeper could only help into the net. Royals netted their fifth goal when Ceri Purvis rounded the keeper to slot home and Shimmin added the next with a header from a corner. Purvis again slotted the ball past the keeper and Shimmin scored from a through ball from midfield. Sammy Macdonald found herself unusually on the score sheet after Shimmin teed her up and she finished with a left footed shot. Shimmin got the tenth from a good cross before half time. Purvis fired a quick brace in the opening of the second half and Cole then notched her hat-trick with a tap in and a right footed shot. Shimmin's corner was helped in by a Castletown defender for an own goal before she scored her fifth and sixth of the match, one from a corner and the other from an excellent through ball from Purvis. Cole made it 18-0 with a fine shot into the bottom left-hand corner and Purvis completed the scoring to get her fifth with a fine shot into the top left-hand corner.
 
Corinthians still maintain pole position with five wins out of five following a 7-0 win over Gymnasium. The opening goal arrived on 24 minutes from Leonie Roberts converting from close range after good work down the right from new signing Cassy Marsham. In the second period, Anna Quayle and Jade Burden scored a goal each within two minutes with Voirrey Holmes making it 4-0 on 50 minutes with a great solo effort. Sarah O'Reilly powerfully headed home number five following some good work involving Burden and Thomas. Burden completed her hat-trick with a typical barnstorming run and O'Reilly struck into the roof of the net with a glorious left foot shot for number seven.
(Paul Hatton)

 
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