Laxey Football Club


Peel 6 Laxey 1

Greens in the Valley, 4 February 2017 21:17


What seems like a big loss for Laxey actually hides what was a very good performance from a much changed Laxey First Team.

Four goals by Peel in the space of ten minutes at the end of the first half was enough to sink a battling and at times sparkling performance from a team full of youngsters.

There was a long list of players missing through injury, or being off Island and the team started with youngsters Olly Cain on his first First Team Start, George Burrows, Joe Walters and Matty Wilkinson, who have had a bit of First Team experience. 

Laxey started the brighter of the two teams, starting with a very high tempo - in particular demonstrated by Dar, Michael Fernandes in midfield, and the very swift and strong Joe Murley.   They kept the Peel defence on the back foot for the first half an hour and Laxey created most of the chances in that period.

Joe Murley and Tar Phumsai (Dar) worked really hard to force the first corner of the game and shortly after Joe Walters was running through into the area and was brought down just outside and won a free kick.

The free kick from the right was put in by Matty Wilkinson and Michael got a head to it to flick in for the first goal with just 12 minutes gone.  1 - 0 to Laxey 

Peel had their moments, with lively ex Laxey player Ashley Webster up front, and Danny Mead had to save with his feet, and the follow up shot from Peel hit the post.

Danny also had to punch out for a corner and Peel had a shot just over the bar.

The Laxey defence were playing well though, with Jamie Callister and Dave Reynolds not putting a foot wrong, and an impressive debut from Ollie Cain who tried to use the ball well, feeding Matty on the wing on several occasions.

However, Peel equalised on 18 minutes with a shot from the blue, from long range beating our keeper.  1 - 1

Michael was battling hard in midfield and we saw him running back and making a great defensive tackle to win the ball back for Laxey.

Joe Murley defending from the back on the left was also battling hard and showing his speed and determination and often got to the ball first to rob Peel attackers.

Dave Reynolds put in a great tackle in the area to thwart a Peel attack and he and Jamie seemed to be comfortably handling the strong Peel attackers.

Joe Walters went forward on the left and got in a good position, but his shot from an angle was just wide.   A good passage of play by Laxey saw Dar have a shot from just outside the box, but the Peel keeper was able to save comfortably. 

Suddenly on 35 minutes it all went wrong and Peel scored to make it 2 - 1 after some confusion in the defence.

Laxey were still well in it though and Matty Wilkinson made a good run up the right and his good cross across the box just needed a touch to score.

Another run by Matty forced a corner for Laxey.  At the other end, Dave made a great header to stop a good Peel attack.

On 40 minutes, Peel scored to make it 3 - 1.  A cross from their right was poked in at the far post.

Two minutes later - 4  - 1 - Ashley Webster turned the defence and blasted in a shot which smashed in off the post, and a minute later it was 5 - 1 when Peel scored again.  Four goals in just under 10 minutes which gave a very flattering scoreline to Peel.   As the Laxey tempo slowed through the half, Peel got more into the game and their superior experience meant they started to have a lot more of the game.

The second half, Laxey again showed their abilities.  Early on Joe Walters got through and just had the keeper to beat but the keeper was able to collect.

In the second half, the formation seemed to change and Laxey seemed to be playing three at the back, Joe Murley played a little more forward and the midfield looked stronger with Declan Cummins coming into the game much more and he had a dominant half. 

Peel missed a few chances though, and got through totally clear at one point and a shot missed the open goal.   Danny had to tip a long range shot over the bar.

George Burrows had a good run through the middle and laid off a perfect ball to Joe Walters but the Peel defence snuffed him out. 

Dar and Ollie came off to be replaced by youngsters Danny Bailey and Cian Brock, and they both performed well.  Dar had a good game with his energy and skill being a handful up front against the experienced Peel defence.

Danny Bailey was called into action early on, clearing off the line to prevent a Peel goal.  We then saw a brilliant run by Matty Wilkinson and he had a superb strong swerving shot which bounded back off the bar.  Immediately after Declan had a shot just over the bar.

So far in the half Laxey had held Peel, but near the very end Peel scored again to make it 6 - 1.  The game ended with Declan being judged to have tripped a player in midfield, for which he was booked, and the game finished with Laxey defeated, but the lads should be proud of how they played most of the game.  

Beaten by a bigger, stronger and older team, a team with lots of experience.   Apart from the mad ten minutes in the first half, they mostly held their ground.    Peel deserved their win, but the skill of players like Ashley made all the difference.

George Burrows gets better every game, and with a bit more experience will be a player for the future.   Matty Wilkinson and Joe Walters have already shown their skills and work-rate and appear to have cemented their places as regular first teamers.

At the back, Ollie impressed and in time will be a regular - very cool on the ball, good control, and uses the ball well.   Despite the scoreline Jamie Callister and Dave Reynolds had excellent games and looked very solid.

The first half hustling of Joe Murley, Michael and Dar really made a difference early on, but that work rate was hard to keep up.  Declan, particularly in the second half with more support, ran midfield and the two substitutes Danny Bailey and Cian did not let us down.   Danny Mead had to make a few good saves, but the skills of Ashley and co are hard to contain.

So there is a lot of promise for the future - and with training and fitness we should be able to hold and beat teams like Peel in the future.   

Difficult to choose a Man of the Match.  Jamie and Dave were well in contention as were Dar and Joe up front.  

Overall, though, the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match is

Matthew Wilkinson




                              Laxey     Peel

Shots on Target        3            8

Shots off Target        2            5

Corners                     4            8