Laxey win Charity Shield on pennos
Laxey, 15 August 2005 08:06
Laxey won the Eric Fletcher Charity Shield on Saturday for the first time in their history after defeating title rivals St Georges. The game ended 0-0 and then went to a penalty shootout with the greens coming out victorious.
Laxey were without the services of a number of players such as Mark Blair, Juan Kinnish, Gary Williams, Mark Kelly, Rob Sorby, Neil Brogan, Justin Hawley, Nigel Beattie and Ian Young (and others I've no doubt forgotten). Obviously not all of these would have started but it would have certainly given us options.
Even without the above players the Laxey line-up looked strong and confidence was high.
The game itself was something of a non event with chances at a premium. From a Laxey point of view it was great to see St Georges looking so ordinary although they will say they were missing a couple of key players. Johnny Myers had, by his own high standards, a poor game at the back, Wadey looked as tempremental as ever for the few minutes he played, some curly kid played in midfield and looked like he'd never played football in his life, and Gaffney (as expected) proved to be as accurate as a scud missile launcher up front !
Laxey came close on a couple of occasions, hitting the bar in the first half and then Chris Brown heading narrowly wide from a great Brent Thomas cross in the second half.
St Georges had their chances as well, having an effort ruled out for offside whilst 'Judas' Gaffney wasted a few opportunities. After having his teeth done last week it was great that he didn't have a chance to show off his new gleaming smile !!!
After 90 minutes the game ended 0-0 and therefore went straight to penalties. St Georges missed the target completely with their first two which gave Laxey the advantage but Alan Harrison and Keith Brown both saw their efforts saved to even things up. Laxey's successful scorers were Dave Thomas, Chris Brown, Lee Cowley, Paul Gerrard and Ross Williamson who scored the decisive sudden death goal after another St Georges miss.
Yes this was only realistically a friendly but with silverware at stake nobody wants to lose so Laxey can take great encouragement from this result.