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In the Isle of Man league, considering that Peel and Michael Utd didn't field full starting elevens in this western battle, both team did show enough determination, grit and enthusiasm to keep women's football alive in the west of the island.
Michael Utd continue to improve, yet again much credit has got to go to the defensive back four of captain Jennie Davies, Jo Callister, Liz Moore and Haley Jones with goalkeeper Kate Connell performing wonders between the posts. But their hard work was undone by strikes from Helen Bates and the excellent Emma Faulkner who secured the points for the Douglas Road outfit and maintain a 100% record in the second phase of the league campaign.
Peel forced the issue from the kick off with Donna Harrison firing a tame shot at Connell and Emma Faulkner and Claudia Konig, who linked well up front throughout, worked a short corner, Faulkner blazing an effort over the crossbar. Then the home side created the best opportunity on the quarter hour mark. Slipping a through ball, Konig was in the clear, and with only Connell to beat placed her effort past the Michael Utd keeper only to hit the post.
Michael mustered a few attacks of their own, utilising the pace of Bekki Simpson on the left and the forceful runs from Jenny Davies in midfield, the latter nearly scored when she made her way into the penalty area and, rather than shoot when the opportunity arose, took an extra touch and the danger was cleared. Mike Davies' side came close again as a throw in was cleared as far as Jennie Davies who played the ball back into the area, where a flick on put Sarah Bell in the clear only to be denied by the legs of goalkeeper Lisa Watson.
Then disaster struck for Michael Utd on the half hour mark. Another ball over the top saw Helen Bates give chase, a mix-up involving Kate Connell and Liz Moore saw her clearance come off Bates and the ball rolled into an empty net to make it 1-0.
Barely two minutes had played in the second half and Peel struck again. An inswinging chip from the right eluded the head of Callister before Faulkner collected and charged into the penalty area and smashed home her effort at the near post.
Peel continued to pressurise through Faulkner, who came close to scoring when her left footed thunderous strike hit the bar and later on, made a superb run from the halfway line on the right, cut inside and unleashed an effort that flashed past the upright. However the remainder of this match meandered through the motions with Peel collecting another three valuable points at the final whistle.
On equal points with Peel sre Castletown who recorded their first win of the season at home by defeating Laxey 7-3. Leading 3-1 at half-time, Kim Watson (3), Sarah Denny (2), Kylie Whitehouse and Sharon Whitehouse were on target for the Stadium side, the Miners replying through Kelly Barlow (2) and Dawn Winn.
Arguably the result from of the day was Gymnasium's 3-2 victory away to Rushen Utd. Gymns had never beaten the southern outfit and were thoroughly deserving of their win, despite trailing 2-0 at half-time. Rushen took the lead when Donna Harrison cut in from left, squaring it to Tricia Fleming who drove the ball into the net for a superb strike. The southerners then made it 2-0 after Donna Harrison was fouled in the penalty area, Harrison herself converting from the spot. What Gymnasium's manager Mark Reid said at half time seemed to galvanise his side and they started to assume control of the match, reducing the arrears through Erin Carpenter playing the ball down the middle for Dawn Quinn to slot home. With Kim Carney dominant in midfield, she was involved in setting up the equaliser, her pass found Suzie Maiden to score and bring the match on level terms. The winner came with another ball through the middle, Carpenter's pass for Quinn to latch onto and drive home the winner and record their first ever win over the southern outfit.
Corinthians' championship ambitions are very much alive, clinching top spot after defeating Colby
18-1. Colby's thrashing also saw them drop from fifth to seventh place in the league standings. Jade Burden opened the floodgates with a powerful low shot from 12 yards and she added her second a minute later when being played in bySarah Morley. Steph Hall scored their third from 20 yards with Leonie Roberts getting the fourth with a good composed finish. Ali Breen slotted home from close range for their fifth with an Anna Quayle shot finding the roof of the net to make it 6-0. Breen was unmarked to notch her second of the game with Burden blasting home their eighth following a Gale parry from Thomas's shot.
The second half started with an own goal following a Thomas cross before Roberts made it double figures. A second own goal from Colby made it 11-0 with Thomas eventually getting on the scoresheet herself with a well struck effort and she scored again a minute later from close range. Roberts completed her hat-trick, Jade Burden then got her final goal with Thomas to completing her own treble to make 17-0.Colby's Nicola Cooil scored a consolation with a looping floated shot from the left corner of the penalty area with Sarah O'Reilly having the final say, scoring at the other end.
The match involving Douglas Royal and Ramsey was postponed as Ramsey were unable to field a team. (Paul Hatton)
Photo - Peel's Claudia Konig (left) tussles with Michael Utd's Jo Callister.
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