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In the Isle of Man, Colby gave everything for the cause last Sunday but they were undone by the creativity of Castletown's Sarah Denny and some predatory finishing by Tricia Fleming in an 8-0 win to Castletown.
Players like Colby's inspirational Theresa Grainger, always organising and galvanising her team, Nikki Cooil bombarding down the right channel and Claire Scott tireless at left-kick and newcomers Henrietta Woolard and Katie Danes, who weren't undaunted all, deserve a special mention. The Colby players walked off the pitch with their heads held up high - this embodiment of commitment and team spirit will silence the footballing doom-mongerers.
The breakthrough for Town came on ten minutes. Denny's corner was nodded home into the bottom right by Fleming. Melanie Cooil scored Castletown's second and her first senior goal for the club when she intercepted a stray pass and fired home a strike from 25 yards.
Colby's best outlet was Nikki Cooil, on one occasion she raced down the right channel finding Debbie Wignall who guided her effort narrowly wide. However, Denny started to pull the strings and after sidestepping her marker on the edge of the area and gaining an extra yard, fired into the bottom right for their third. Before half time, Denny received Sara Ismail-Sutton's through ball and, seeing Gale off her line, lobbed from distance for an oblique, exquisite strike for their fourth.
On resumption, footballing freestyler Sara Ismail-Sutton hit the post before Dawn Winn curled a left-footed effort into the top right to make it 5-0, Fleming then found the net and super-sub Justine Carran scored Town's seventh, guiding her strike into the bottom left corner when reacting to a Fleming block. Fleming wrapped up the scoring and completed her hat-trick for the Reds' eighth later on.
However, Colby could have got on the scoresheet in the closing stages. Cooil again raced down the flank finding Wignall, whose lay off picked out Alice Gill staring at an empty net, but she lifted her effort over the bar, Emma Davenport's goal remaining intact.
Castletown: Emma Davenport, Donna Primrose-Smith, Sharon Whitehouse, Melanie Cooil, Bernadette Cowell, Sarah Denny, Sara Ismail-Sutton, Christina Sutton, Dawn Winn, Tricia Fleming, Hannah Cowell (sub Justine Carran 65mins).
Colby: Monika Gale, Nikki Cain, Henrietta Woolard (sub Alison Gill 63mins), Emily Curphey, Theresa Grainger, Debbie Wignall, Hannah Leece (sub Emma Quirk 80mins), Claire Scott, Katie Danes, Nikki Cooil, Charlotte Cain.
Another team to get back to winning ways was Gymnasium who defeated Peel 3-2. Gymns took a two-goal interval lead through a Dawn Quinn strike and an Eleanor Gawne penalty, however they were frustrated by some excellent goalkeeping from Peel's Lisa Pugh. The westerners started their comeback with an Emily Kingett strike and Maxine Smalley levelling matters, before Gawne struck Gymnasium's winner with a strike on the edge of the box in the closing stages.
Douglas Royal clocked up the biggest scoreline of the day by defeating DHSOB 23-0. Leading 13-0 at the break, Donna Shimmin (10), Leanne Ashe (4), Sarah Breen (3), Orna McKeever (2), Siobhann Lockwood, Sarah Brunswick, Katie Halsall and Andrea Lace all found the net for the Ballafletcher outfit. The match involving Laxey and Corinthians was postponed, succumbing to the weather.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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