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A point is a point, but this may be the one that could so desperately kick start Ramsey's season following a 1-1 draw against Laxey.
Propping up the Isle of Man women's league, in previous matches the northerners have played good football and competed in the first half, only to collapse in the second. But on this occasion they held firm when it really mattered, a performance built on steely grit and defensive fortitude, looking to hit their opponents on the counter with Emma Cottier's pace. Outstanding were the central defensive axis of Natalie Davies (who played through the pain barrier) and Kate Leece with the tireless Katherine Kennedy working back on numerous occasions, monitoring and thwarting Rhiannon Brew's flank play.
Laxey played the smarter, passing football, spreading the ball intelligently and enjoying long spells of possession within their opponents' half dictated by captain Kerry Lockwood's tidy distribution from midfield. For a side that has only found the net four times this season, their last goal coming back on 30 September in a 5-1 defeat against Castletown, Ramsey must have been pinching themselves when it only took 16 seconds to breach the Laxey rearguard. The ball was launched forward straight from the kick off, a defensive header was seized upon by Bekki Colquitt who drove a superb shot into the bottom left corner.
Temporarily stunned, Laxey hit back with defender-turned-striker Christina Sutton's effort striking the post and Lockwood, found in space on the edge of the area, drove a shot wide. Undeterred, Tara Slinger led by captain's example and slipped two through balls to Cottier, the first was denied by Lawson, the second missed the target.
Laxey continued to search for the equaliser with Alexis Teare heading wide from a corner and Sutton hitting the side netting on three occasions. Cottier again came close to extending the northerners' advantage was she was clear again, only for Rebecca Kirk to put in a well timed challenge.
Laxey were still relentless after the break, Brew was in the clear and closing in on goal but drove her shot straight at Kelly. However their equaliser on 56 minutes was sheer class - Lockwood received possession 40 yards from goal and seeing Kelly off her line, unleashed a dipping effort that flew through the air and into the roof of the net.
Although the visitors kept up the pressure, Cottier could have snatched a winner for the hosts towards the end, another Slinger pass deflected fortuitously in the path of the pacey striker who burst towards goal, only for Sutton to make up valuable ground and thwart Cottier when she was about to shoot.
The remaining league fixture involving Gymnasium and Corinthians was postponed due to the adverse winter conditions.
Douglas Royal started their Floodlit Cup campaign in emphattic fashion by defeating Michael Utd 12-0. Donna Shimmin slotted home the first with Leanne Ashe making it 2-0 and Shimmin converting their third. Kym Hicklin headed into the back of the net for their fourth following Bekki Cole's corner before Shimmin reacted quickest to a defensive mix-up to slot home, completing a first half hat-trick. Ceri Purvis fired an angled drive to make it 6-0 and Kerri Williams' deflected home her shot for their seventh. Vicky Worthington's crossfield pass found Cole who cut in from the flank to fire home their next goal and Williams' scuffed pass was finished by Shimmin to tap home their ninth, with Breen finding the target to take the score into double figures. Williams and Shimmin completed the rout by scoring the final two goals.
Rushen Utd clocked up the biggest win of the afternoon, defeating their southern neighbours Castletown 14-1 at the Douglas NSC. Donna Harrison was on target six times while Eleanor Gawne (2), Hannah Biggerstaff (2), Dawn Georgeson, Sam MacDonald, Siobhann Lockwood and Natasha Robinson also hit the back of the net for the Croit Lowey side. The Stadium outfit found the target from a Tricia Fleming penalty.
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