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Rushen and Royal in Final
 Women's Football News 21 Feb 2009
 
Rushen and Royal in Final - 21 Feb 2009 - Women's Football NewsISLE OF MAN FLOODLIT CUP SEMI FINALS
DOUGLAS ROYAL 1 CORINTHIANS 1
Douglas Royal win 6-5 on penalties

Where bush fires have been making news across the world, a footballing furnace was whipped up as the Noble's Park derby was transferred to the NSC. This match was played at such intensity, fire raged from within the players as tackles flew in everywhere, some of them drawing blood for their cause and collecting battle scars.
 
This was a fixture no one wanted to lose and with the score gridlocked at 1-1 after full and extra time, it went to sudden death in a penalty shootout. It was Royal who emerged victorious 6-5 from the spot to secure their passage for their fifth Floodlit Cup final appearance.
 
As battle-lines were being drawn, Bekki Cole created the first chance worthy of note, her chipped effort from the right, clipping the framework but it was Corinthians who drew first blood on 13 minutes following a move just outside to Royal's penalty area. A throw from the right was played inside to Burden, no-one picked up Lauren Christian's stealth run on the left and she placed her effort into the bottom left corner.
 
Both defences were well organised fortifications and clear cut chances were at a premium, Cole again came close to scoring, Quirk fumbling into her path and she chipped against the bar. But it was on her corner three minutes before the interval which ensured Brian Cowin's side levelled matters. The resulting cross slipped through Quirk's palms, Leonie Roberts' goal line clearance was headed clear but Sarah Breen kept the attack alive in a frenzied six yard box and Hicklin barged in to force home.
 
In the second half, there was no relenting with Cole and Ceri Purvis driving efforts over the bar and Sarah O'Reilly twice working shooting opportunities, the first dancing around the back line, the second collecting Anna Dillon's short corner, but both went straight at Kerri Williams.
 
With the match still a stalemate at 1-1 after full and extra-time, the match had to be decided by penalties. Cole took the first one, driving straight at Quirk, whilst Kerford, Hicklin, Burden and Shimmin all found the net. Williams levelled matters, saving Hall's penalty with Purvis, Roberts, Worthington and O'Reilly made it 4-4 and forced sudden death. Ashe, Christian and Faragher all hit the target only for Dillon's spot kick to be saved to send Royal into delirium and heartbreak for the holders.
 
RUSHEN UTD 6 LAXEY 1
Rushen Utd reached their sixth Floodlit Cup Final at the expense of uninvited guests Laxey 6-1. This match was a tame affair with both teams going through the motions as the predictable was expected. Rebecca Kirk fouled Donna Harrison just outside the Laxey penalty area after collecting Elizabeth's Stanley goal kick. From the resulting free-kick, Eleanor Gawne bent it round the defensive wall and into the top left corner to make it 1-0.
 
Hannah Biggerstaff threaded a through ball for Harrison to chip home their second and Harrison went on to score on either side of the interval to complete her hat-trick as a rout was on the cards. Gawne curled in a corner for Hannah Griffiths to head home at the far post for their fifth.
 
Catherine Callow thought she had scored for Laxey when she was staring at an empty net but Natalie Swales headed clear. Rushen turned the screw further, Biggerstaff again playing a through ball to Harrison to place home her fourth and the southerners sixth. Laxey did have a moment of joy before the conclusion following a free kick on the left, Kerry Lockwood curled in an effort just inside for far post for their consolation. 
 
(Reports by Paul Hatton)

 
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