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Three first half goals in seven minutes ensured that Colby secured their third win of the campaign in the Isle of Man league by defeating Ramsey 3-0.
They must enjoy playing their northern opponents as this is their third victory over the Ramsey since their formation last year.
From the outset, although Colby played more of their football in their opponents' half, both sides had little to show for their efforts - Charlotte Beard's surging run from midfield was finished with an effort straight at goalkeeper Alice Qualtrough's body. Ramsey, like so often before, looked to utilise Emma Cottier's pace, her terrorising run was finished by steering a shot just narrowly past of the upright
The hosts had to wait until the 29th minute to open their account following a free kick that was awarded on the right. The ensuing cross from Nikki Cooil and pressure from Debbie Wignall resulted in a game of footballing pinball in the penalty area, the ball eventually finding the net for an own goal.
Five minutes later, Colby were awarded a penalty for what appeared to be a handball. Charlotte Beard struck from the spot, Qualtrough got her palms onto it but couldn't prevent it entering the net.
Two minutes later, a horror show of defending from the northerners resulted in Nikki Cooil capitalising on the pieces to head home at the near post for Colby's third.
Still buoyed from their three goal first half burst, the Glen Road outfit continued to press after the interval with Beard coming close, driving a shot straight at Qualtrough. But midway through the second half, Ramsey were looking more composed and mustered a few useful openings, Cottier and Colquitt both accelerating clear and unleashing angled, stinging shots which were denied by Gale's raised hands. Colby came close to scoring a fourth in the closing stages, Francesca Smith was put in the clear only to be thwarted by the Ramsey goalkeeper.
Gymnasium secured a 2-0 win over their fourth place chasing rivals Peel at Tromode. Peel started with nine players with defender Lisa Kelly playing and excelling between the posts. Both goals came in the first half, Diane Moore applying the important touch from close range following Jane Smith's cross for the opener and Kim Carney scoring the second following an individual run that was finished with an 18-yard strike.
Rushen Utd kept the pressure on Corinthians and Douglas Royal for the championship by winning their southern derby 8-0 against Castletown. Tricia Fleming fired home a hat-trick against her former club with Katie Halsall notching Rushen's fourth and Hayley Cowin their fifth before half time. Gill Christian found the net from the penalty spot after the break and Rochelle O'Toole scored her first goal for the club for their seventh. An own goal completed the scoring for the Croit Lowey outfit.
Corinthians made it eight wins from eight with a 14-0 against a very committed Michael Utd side that never gave up and showed great team spirit and togetherness. The match also witnessed the return of former Island player of the Year, Jane Bottomley. Jade Burden completed a hat-trick within 11 minutes of the kick off, Leonie Roberts netted her first of the game before Steph Hall's quality strike found the top right corner to make it 5-0. Roberts then notched a further two, the second a crisp left foot strike, to complete her hat-trick, Jade Burden then stormed through from her own half to neatly place home her fourth before half-time.
Four minutes after the restart, Burden bagged her fifth and 19th of the season and twenty minutes elapsed before Anna Quayle's glancing header following a corner from the left made it 10-0. Sarah O'Reilly scored the next goal with a well-executed left foot strike from 25 yards for their eleventh. Leonie Roberts went on to notch her fourth and fifth of the game either side of Steph Hall's second of the match in the closing minutes of added time.
Douglas Royal also clocked up double figures with a 14-0 win over Laxey who only fielded 10 players. Donna Shimmin made it 1-0 when she latched onto a through ball, rounding the keeper and slot the ball home. Kerri Williams got Royals' second goal with an explosive header from Sammy MacDonald's cross. Shimmin scored her second, firing home after Laxey defence failed to clear the danger. Leanne Ashe netted with a volley from close range for 4-0 with Bekki Cole then bursting into the box and unleashed a shot into the net fior their fifth. Ashe made it 6-0 from a corner, which got a deflection of a Laxey defender. MacDonald's through ball was met by Shimmin who ran into the box to score Royals' seventh and Ashe completed the scoring in the first half with a fine 20-yard shot.
Orna Lynch opened the account for the second half when she got on the end of a cross to fire home. Cole got her second with a fine drive into the net and Shimmin made it 11-0 when Ceri Purvis crossed the ball for her to meet and sidefoot home. Lynch completed her brace when she met a cross and headed home, Cole tapped in from close range and Purvis scored with a left footed shot into the roof of the net. Shimmin added her fifth and sixth goals in the closing minutes, the latter taking the ball into the area and rounding the keeper. (Paul Hatton)
Photo - Ramsey's Tara Slinger (blue and white) closes down Colby's Nikki Cooil.
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