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Statistics are there to be broken! Michael Utd ended their longest winless streak in the Isle of Man League with a 2-0 victory over Ramsey.
They last tasted a win on 10 September 2006 when they beat Peel 2-1 away. Last Sunday, they tasted victory with champagne in their local afterwards.
Profligacy cost Ramsey dear. Up until the last minute of the first half, the northerners were an unstoppable football machine with Sarah Perry spreading play from midfield, Bekkie Colquitt and Tara Slinger providing width and striker Emma Cottier was clearly inspired, hustling and terrifying defenders, linking with Kealey Hawthorn and only the heroics of goalkeeper Kate Connell and defender Jennie Davies dropping a few yards from her back line and clearing any lingering danger prevented a possible onslaught.
With Michael hemmed in their own half, Cottier's pace beat the offside trap but she drove a shot just wide and Hawthorn fired a shot at goalkeeper and chipped over the crossbar. Perry then released a through ball which freed Cottier again, her arrowed shot was tipped away by a horizontal Connell.
The visitors continued to play measured and controlled football. A move fashioned down the right saw Slinger put Hawthorn in the clear but she drove her angled shot into the side netting when Cottier was the better option, free in acres in space in the penalty area and Sarah Cleator also drilled two effort straight at Connell.
Just before half-time, Michael Utd created their first opportunity from which they scored to leave the Ramsey faithful stunned. Liz Moore's crossfield pass connected to Kayleigh Burgess's run on the right, her effort was only parried by Gemma Davies but she followed up and rolled it into an empty net for Michael's first goal of the season.
Jennie Davies had a free kick that went wide after the break but Ramsey had an excellent chance to level matters when they were awarded a penalty. Colquitt went for placement with Connell's palms pushing it onto the post before collecting to make sure. On 77 minutes the hosts scored their second. Following a throw in, Liz Moore's strike from the right was parried and Debbie Cormode reacted the quickest to tap home. Michael continued to hold firm and had to be alert when Ramsey came close to reducing the arrears, Hawthorn's header was cleared off the line by Burgess.
Douglas Royal secured the local bragging rights in the Noble's Park derby with a 1-0 win over neighbours Corinthians, a match that saw Royal's goalkeeper Kerri Williams in inspired form. Royal's Sarah Breen's shot was cleared off the line by Natalie Johnson with Corinthians replying from Sarah Kerford's 25-yard dipping shot grazing over the crossbar. In the second half, Donna Shimmin's 25-yard effort rebounded off the post and Vicki Worthington produced a snapshot that just went wide of the post. Lauren Christian and Jade Burden both had shots well saved by Kerri Williams. The breakthrough came after 68 minutes when Sarah O'Reilly did not clear the danger, Shimmin capitalised and smashed a 20-yard effort into the net. Corinthians nearly drew level after a corner was cleared off the line by Andrea Lace.
Gymnasium continued their stop-start season with a 2-0 win over Colby at Glen Road. The Tromode outfit took the lead after only two minutes following a goalkeeping fumble, Dawn Quinn slotting home. The visitors scored their second after the break following some indecision between goalkeeper Monika Gale and her full back, Elaine Wiseman capitalised on this and converted.
Peel produced a footballing comeback, trailing 2-0 at half time but went onto beat Castletown 3-2 on their own turf. Sarah Denny opened the scoring after finding a way through the Peel defensive line with Donna Ashworth converting following a move down the right. Vanessa Roberts inspired the comeback when she turned a defender and her left footed drive went in off the right upright and she was involved in the equaliser when, from her corner, Ali Carroon poked home an equaliser from a melee. The winner came on 88 minutes, Roberts' free kick took a defection before finding it way into the back of the net.
Rushen Utd maintained their good form with a 7-0 win over Laxey. Sammie MacDonald (2), Donna Harrison (2), Natalie Swales, Natasha Robinson and Hannah Biggerstaff were all on target for the Croit Lowey outfit.
Report by Paul Hatton
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