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You have more chance of seeing a blue moon than a Douglas Royal defeat but before last Sunday, you have to go as far back as March 2007 when they were defeated by a three goal or more margin, losing 7-1 to a now defunct Malew.
Last Sunday though, it was Rushen Utd's turn, defeating Royal 3-0 and the result sees them move into pole position in Group B of the Isle of Man Floodlit Cup.
This match was always going to be dictated by the elements, Royal having a south westerly wind on their backs in the first half. With the southerners losing the four previous encounters against the Whites, they literally weathered the storm but made their intentions known early on. Sam MacDonald clattered Donna Shimmin in the first minute and defensive partnership Natalie Davies operating a "thou-shall-not pass" attitude to help create an impregnable defensive force-shield.
Chances came for Royal! Shimmin steered an angled effort narrowly wide across goal and turn provider for Ceri Purvis, her resulting effort was just off target. All other chances went straight to Elizabeth who dealt with them easily. Royal did not read the warning signs before half time, as twice Donna Harrison collected through balls but drove wide.
Two minutes after the restart, Rushen took the lead. Harrison was in possession on the left and exquisitely chipped home an angled effort.
Royal could have levelled matters minutes later after Shimmin was felled in the area, referee Richard MacLauchlan pointed to the spot but the Royal striker lifted the resulting penalty over the bar. Royal had another claim for another penalty when Swales clambered over Purvis but the decision was not given.
Rushen were now playing with confidence, creating some swift attacking moves. Their second came from another brilliant Eleanor Gawne free kick from 35 yards out, she fired it in off the underside of the bar before hitting the roof of the net.
Gawne drove an oblique drive that warmed Williams' palms but Rushen netted a third to complete a dominant second half display. Regaining possession from a Whites throw, Harrison's angled run was finished by an angled shot that slipped through Williams's gloves and squirmed into the net.
Rushen Utd: Elizabeth Stanley, Rochelle O'Toole, Sam MacDonald, Natalie Swales, Katie Stopford, Hannah Biggerstaff, Eleanor Gawne, Natasha Robinson, Donna Harrison, Janine Simpson, Hannah Griffiths.
Douglas Royal: Kerri Williams, Andrea Lace, Vicki Worthington (sub Sam Jordan 58mins), Leanne Ashe, Orna Lynch, Karen Faragher, Sarah Breen, Bekki Cole, Kym Hicklin, Donna Shimmin, Ceri Purvis (sub Caitlin Horbury 66mins). Sub not used: Philomena Kerin.
Corinthians continued their good form with a 7-0 over Laxey in the Group A qualifier. Jade Burden fired home two goals in the first ten minutes with Helen Thomas scoring their third in a one-sided first half display. Thomas turned provider for their fourth, her defence splitting pass found Sarah Kerford to convert, and both players combined later on to set up Burden to complete her hat-trick. Steph Hall tapped in Thomas' corner for their sixth with Anna Quayle driving in their seventh to complete the scoring.
The match involving Gymnasium and Castletown was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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