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Laxey 7 Marown 2

The Laxey Chronicle, 27 April 2006 08:18

Laxey wrapped up the League Title with a victory over Marown which in the end was comfortable, but for the most part kept the big crowd on tenterhooks as to whether or not the night would end in celebrations. As it was 3 late goals made the score a more realistic reflection on the game which Laxey dominated but Marown stubbornly didn't just roll over.

The first half saw almost total domination from Laxey with some superb crosses being put in to create chances galore. I'm sure nerves played a big part in the fact that so many chances were squandered before Johnny Callow rose to head home a superb Neil Brogan cross for the opener.

The nerves were not just up front as Alan Harrison and Mark Blair, two of the clubs defensive rocks this season, got themselves in a muddle and Martin Reilly nipped in to equalise. To be honest this was Marown's only chance of the half as they rarely entered Laxey territory.

Neil Brogan put Laxey in front again before the break as he showed great skill to worm his way through the defence before scuffing his left footed effort under the woeful effort of the keeper.

In terms of first half shots the statistics must have read something like Laxey 25 Marown 1 but the important thing was that the greens had not killed off the game. The next goal was going to be all important. A goal for Laxey and the nerves would be calmed, a goal for Marown and panic may have set in.

Nobody would have predicted the scorer of this important goal would be the burglar ! Up to last night he had gone 56 first team games without a goal and in total had only scored 1 in 96 appearances so it was no surprise that he celebrated like a man possessed !!! In truth the goal was an overhit cross from 45 yards out which beat the keeper all ends up and nestled in the back of the net.

Minutes later it was 4-1 as Gary Williams again played a huge part in the goal. His brilliant cross from the right gave Chris Brown an easy header for his first of the night.

Marown continued their role as potential part poopers when the defence were caught all at sea again and Reilly ran through to score.

As time began to run out Laxey made the win more comfortable as Chris Brown scored a quick fire double to complete his hat-trick, the second being brilliantly set up by a deft header from the unselfish Callow.

There was still time for substitute Daryl Haslett to add his name to the scoresheet with a fine header from the rampaging Harrison's cross.

As the final whistle blew the celebrations started !!!