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The Isle of Man women's national team have won the second Appleby-sponsored Inter-Island tournament.
The biennial tournament is played on a round-robin basis and also includes Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight were their opening day opponents and the Solent team were looking for revenge from Aland last year when the Isle of Man defeated them 4-1 in the group stages and 3-1 in the NatWest Island Games bronze medal play-off. The Manx got their Inter-Island tournament campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 win courtesy of a ninth minute strike from Jade Burden being the deciding factor.
On Saturday, Jersey, inaugural winners and holders of this competition, defeated the Isle of Wight 2-0, Kerry Sauvage and captain Jodie Botterill finding the net for the Channel Islanders.
In the remaining match, the Isle of Man defeated Jersey 3-0 with all three goals coming in the first half. Sarah O'Reilly, who has the option of being on Everton's books this summer, scored direct from a corner for the first, Stephanie Hall headed home to make it 2-0 and Eleanor Gawne netted their third after Jersey were unable to clear a free kick.
This was the first trophy the Manx women's team won on home soil and adds to the off-island success in the 2006 Umbro Cup winners in Manchester and the bronze medal in the 2009 NatWest Island Games in Aland.
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