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Royal return to last four
 Women's Football News 27 Apr 2009
 
Royal return to last four - 27 Apr 2009 - Women's Football NewsDouglas Royal defeated Rushen Utd 4-1 in the Isle of Man FA Cup and put themselves on course for the 'treble' and to win this competition for the fifth occasion.
 
Royal made their early dominance count, netting after only 12 minutes. Vicky Worthington saw Elizabeth Stanley off her line and unleashed a superb 35-yard effort into the top right corner.
 
Cataclysmic defending attributed to Royal's second involving Natalie Swales and Katie Stopford, the latter threading the ball through Stanley's legs, Donna Shimmin pounced and rolled the ball into an empty net.
 
Royal too were, on occasions, suspect at the back which allowed Rushen Utd to pull a goal back, Eleanor Gawne being the recipient of a through ball, she rounded Kerri Williams before tucking home.
 
With Rushen players giving their all in the second half, having swathes of possession in the opposing half, two goals in the 72nd and 75th minutes at the other end saw Royal to become the only team to qualify for the semi finals each year since the inception of this competition.
 
Leanne Ashe bustled her way into the penalty area, unleashing a dipping effort that slipped through Stanley's hands, the goalkeeper tried to retrieve the danger but the ball had already crossed over the line.
 
There was nothing comical about Royal's fourth - it was sheer class! Cole galloped down the left, leaving striped shirts in her slipstream, before cutting in to drill an effort past Stanley's despairing outstretched arm and into the bottom left corner.
 
Rushen Utd: Elizabeth Stanley, Rochelle O'Toole, Sam MacDonald, Becky Watterson, Natalie Swales, Katie Stopford, Hannah Biggerstaff, Eleanor Gawne, Janine Simpson, Donna Harrison, Hannah Griffiths
Douglas Royal: Kerri Williams, Orna Lynch, Sam Jordan (sub Karen Faragher 46mins), Leanne Ashe, Andrea Lace, Sarah Breen (sub Mary Wilson 76mins), Bekki Cole, Kym Hicklin, Donna Shimmin, Ceri Purvis Vicky Worthington. Sub not used: Philomena Kerin

 
Laxey continued their impressive form by beating top flight Peel 4-2. Christina Sutton steered home Laxey's first and following Kerry Lockwood's corner, Sarah Houghton's cut back at the far post found Rebecca Kirk to nod into the net for the second. Peel hit back following a long range effort from Lisa Kelly but the Miners struck again after the interlude as Lockwood's corner was headed home by Kirk. Emma Faulkner reduced the deficit again following a scramble but right on the stroke of full time, Lockwood unleashed a 40-yard screamer which hit the target and secured their passage into the final four for their first time in the club's history.
 
Gymnasium booked their semi final place with a 3-0 win over a battling Ramsey with all three goals coming in the first half. Lee Quinn scored her first ever goal, poking home from 10 yards after a through ball from Dawn Quinn. Goal provider turned goalscorer for Gymnasium's second and Kim Carney netted their third before half-time.
 
Castletown continue their resurgence under manager Stuart Butterworth with a 6-0 win over Colby. Kim Watson scored first with Sara Ismail-Sutton adding their second. Justine Carran bagged their third with Ismail-Sutton completing her brace before half time. Two goals from Tricia Fleming in the second half rounded off the scoring.
 
In the league, Corinthians clocked up the biggest victory with a 15-0 mauling over Michael Utd, the latter only starting with nine players. Anna Dillon grabbed the opener; her corner was diverted home by a Michael player for their second. Dillon struck from the edge of area with Lauren Christian netting their fourth after being played in by Sarah Kerford. The roles were reserved for their fifth with Kerford scoring, Dillon and Christian netting following crosses for the next two strikes. Dillon scored their ninth at the near post with a Sarah O'Reilly 30-yard effort ensuring they reached double figures. Hall then contributed a double and Dillon scored from the penalty spot, before Hall converted twice more in the closing stages.
 
(Report by Paul Hatton)

 
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