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Laxey win the Railway Cup

The Laxey Chronicle, 29 December 2005 17:51

Railway Cup Final

Laxey 1 St Georges 0

Laxey won the Railway Cup Final for the second time in 3 years thanks to a hard fought 1-0 victory over St Georges on Boxing Day. Rob Sorby scored the winner with just 3 minutes remaining to record the club’s third victory of the season over their opponents.

 

The match itself was not a classic mainly due to the terrible playing surface at the Bowl. The pitch seems to get worse from one year to the next and as long as finals are played at that venue I cannot see many exciting games !

 

St Georges lined up with a defensive 4-5-1 formation clearly aimed at restricting Laxey's attacking potential which was clearly evident when they destroyed the reigning league champions 6-1 earlier in the season (despite Chris Bass' pre-match comments in an interview that the only difference between the two teams on the day was that Laxey took their chances and his team didn't !!!).

 

Laxey lined up as expected with Rob Sorby declaring himself fit and Chris Brown returning to the island in time to claim a starting place.

 

The first half was a very cagey affair and it took a while for either side to muster an attempt on target. Callum Morrissey looked lively up front for St Georges and tested Blair with a 30 yard effort which the keeper tipped over superbly. Neil Brogan responded for Laxey but his shot from a similar distance went wide. Robin Bates should have put Geordies in the lead but completely missed Bass jnr’s whipped free kick which fizzed across goal. The same player came even closer soon after but his header drifted wide of the post as St Georges enjoyed their best spell of the game. McHale also produced a moment of magic to skip into the box but his excellent cut-back from the by-line evaded everyone.

 

A number of heavy challenges were made as the game simmered into life with Melly, Bass, Brogan and Theobald all booked by Mr Lewis.

 

Laxey finished the half with their best effort when Gary Williams hammered a cross shot goalwards which was touched by Ross Williamson and was deflected over by the face of the keeper who knew nothing about it !

 

Steve Moran and Paul Bridson demanded a higher tempo second half and they got their wish as Laxey had much the better of the second period.

 

The greens hit the bar twice in quick succession when firstly Callow saw his volley tipped onto the bar and over by the keeper and from the corner Williamson hit the bar with a header. St Georges still presented a danger and the strangely quiet Feeney saw a volley go wide whilst Morrissey saw a shot well saved by Blair after being put through.

 

Laxey almost produced one of the great cup final goals when they played the ball around from the left wing through the back four and out to the right before Neil Brogan cut inside and put in a great cross with his left foot. Left back Sam Theobald charged into the area but just failed to get on the end of the cross with a diving header.

 

Kelly then produced another great save as he denied Sorby when the Laxey winger met Chris Brown’s cross but his header was clawed away by the keeper with an acrobatic save.

The breakthrough eventually arrived with 3 minutes remaining when Williams sent Brown through the right channel. The young striker showed good pace and strength to get in front of Bates whose hooked effort to reach the ball sent the Laxey player sprawling. The challenge was right on the edge of the area and with both players ending up on the floor inside the box it was a very difficult call for the officials but lino John Manley signalled for a spot kick.

 

Rob Sorby looked like a man possessed as he bounced up and down waiting to take the kick but when he stepped up the penalty was the worst I have ever seen !! His weak effort lacked both power and direction but luckily the keeper spilled the ball and Sorbs raced in to lash the ball home to put Laxey 1-0 in front.

Chris Brown had a chance to wrap the game up in stoppage time as 3 Laxey players bore down on the St Georges goal with only the keeper to beat. All that was required was for Brogan to stay behind Brown and a simple pass across the area would have resulted in a tap in but he ran offside giving the striker no option but to shoot which unfortunately went just wide.

Laxey saw out the remainder of stoppage time to record another victory and get their hands on their second trophy of the season after their Charity Shield success against the same opponents.

 

Man of the Match – Mark Blair, Gary Williams, Sam Theobald, Keith Brown, Alan Harrison, Jim Travers, Ross Williamson, Neil Brogan, Rob Sorby, John Callow, Chris Brown, Paul Gerrard, Nigel Beattie, Lee Cowley, Carl Barks, Darryl Hasslett, Steve Moran, Paul Bridson.