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For a team that has lost six players to university and considering that this was meant to have been a year of transition, Corinthians put in a footballing masterclass to brush aside once high flying Castletown with ease by hitting a perfect ten without reply in the Isle of Man League.
Although Corinthians' Jade Burden - who will be having trials with Arsenal Women's Academy this week - will grab the headlines with her goalscoring exploits, it was the central midfield axis of Stephanie Hall and Anna Dillon that deserves a special mention. Hall added steel to the centre whilst Dillon - who previously has had two operations on her knee which threatened her career - showed moments of footballing brilliance, knitting and meshing with her forwards and put in a performance that was reminiscent of her footballing peak when she won three consecutive IOMFA Player of the Year awards.
With a westerly wind blowing across the park, Corinthians had the wind on their backs in the first half, utilised this to their advantage, pressing their opponents for much of the first forty five minutes. From the opening whistle, Dillon was the hub of creativity, always looking to drag apart the opposing defensive line and working a succession of one-twos, and unleashing two efforts, the latter drawing out a full stretch save from goalkeeper Jane Coulthurst. Castletown had passages of play, hitting the Whites on the counter attack but any imposing threat was neutralised by Sarah O'Reilly, spreading play from the back and Natalie Johnson sweeping up any danger.
The Noble's Park outfit continued pressure had tangible reward after 26 minutes when Tracey Lowe handled and the referee awarded a penalty, Hall duly placing her spot kick into the bottom left corner. Four minutes later, Tracey Cowley's side struck again following a goalkeeping fumble, Burden steered home from close range and she netted her second, collecting possession from the halfway line before charging down the right and cutting in to drive an oblique effort across goal into the corner. Burden was not finished, completing a first half hat-trick by slotting home Sarah Kerford right flank pass.
Dillon started the rout in the second half, squeezing an effort into the net from close range when Kerford was found in space along the right, her shot was deflected into the path of Dillon to finish the job. Lauren Christian came close to scoring after being put in the clear but steered her shot wide. It was Burden who made it 6-0 after some good play from Kerford and she hit the target again for their seventh after Dillon tiptoed her way through the Castletown back-line, feeding the Whites' striker to score.
Corinthians' eighth was classic Dillon - collecting possession just inside the opposing half, she embarked on one of her marauding runs leaving red shirts in her slipstream and homing towards goal and composing herself before tucking home. Burden continued to lead the forward line with good effect, dispatching their ninth when being the recipient of Kerford's through ball with her sister Stephanie Hall notching double figures when her long range effect was fumbled over the line by Coulthurst.
Peel continued their impressive start by completing three consecutive victories with a 4-0 win over 10-player Colby. Vanessa Roberts scored the only goal of the first half when she unleashed a searing left footed shot into the roof of the net. Colby responded after the break with Charlotte Cain and Louise Corkish firing efforts wide but Emma Faulkner resumed the goalscoring for the westerners, side stepping her marker before firing home a long range effort. Claudia Konig headed home Peel's third into the top right corner following Roberts' cross and she completed the scoring after Alison Carroon's move down the right set up Alcivarne McGregor, whose shot was parried by goalkeeper Monika Gale, Leanne Brew followed up to make sure.
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