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Ramsey skinned by Peel
 Women's Football News 10 Oct 2008
 
Ramsey skinned by Peel - 10 Oct 2008 - Women's Football NewsConsidering that Ramsey finished second from bottom in the Isle of Man league last season and succumbed to another defeat this campaign, there are signs of optimism for the northerners despite losing a number of players to university and having to play through the pain barrier. 
 
In an evenly-matched first half, two quick fire goals around the hour mark ensured Peel finished with a flurry by adding two more, finishing 4-0 winners with midfielder Vanessa Roberts inspiring another western victory.
 
Both teams played attacking football from the outset and it was a surprise that both goals remained intact come the interval. The jet-heeled Emma Cottier had two exquisite lobs, one grazing over the crossbar, the other was met with goalkeeper Lisa Kelly's upstretched palms and on another occasion, Tara Slinger slipped a through ball, Cottier bet the offside trap and rounding the keeper but steered her left-footed shot wide.
 
Peel had their chances too although they came across a central defensive partnership in inspired form with Rebecca Foster and Natalie Davies playing out of the skins, Alison Carroon provided a useful outlet on the right and there must be occasions they wished the goals were a foot wider. Ellie Quayle's shot across goal trickled past the upright with Alcivarne McGregor twice narrowly missing the target and on another occasion, floated her effort over the crossbar.
 
In reply, Bekkie Colquitt chipped an effort over the opposing goal while Vanessa Roberts and McGregor went close for the hosts on either side of the interval. Colquitt almost broke the deadlock when cutting in from left, forcing a good save from Kelly and her Cottier nearly scored when she broke away from her marker on the other flank only to hit the side netting.
 
With the northerners temporarily reduced to ten players with Davies nursing an injury, Peel made this numerical advantage count. A quick throw in from the right and McGregor waltzed her way along the bye line before drilling home an effort at the near post for the opening goal.
 
Three minutes later, Leanne Brew scored their second and her first goal for the club when she was found in space and unleashed a 25-yard effort that flew into the top right hand corner.
 
Peel then got their third following a move on their right involving Roberts and McGregor, leaving Carroon to finish with a low shot and record her first goal for the westerners.
 
Roberts finally put her mark on the scoresheet roaming in midfield, fired a long range effort that slipped through Kelly's palms and into the net.
 
Although Colquitt came close again with a shot save by the goalkeeper, Peel had their opponents hemmed in their half for the remainder of the match, Roberts' testing free kick was palmed away by Kelly and fired two shots that just missed the target.
 
Castletown and Douglas Royal - two teams with a 100% record and were currently joint top - came face-to-face at the Stadium and it was Royal who emerged victorious with a 5-1 win, although the southerners took the lead when Kim Watson worked a one-two with Justine Carran and finished well inside the box. Castletown's lead soon went when Andrea Lace's ball put Donna Shimmin through into the box to score from an acute angle and she turned provider as Royal took the lead when she cut into the box, squaring to the oncoming Leanne Ashe to fire into the bottom left hand corner.
 
Shimmin notched their third, heading home Bekki Cole's corner and she completed her hat-trick when Vicky Worthington was about to shoot but squared it to the striker to slot past the advancing goalkeeper. Shimmin finished off the scoring with a thunderbolt header, again courtesy of a Cole corner. (Report by Paul Hatton).

 
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