Lots of players missing, including Jonny Shields, Aidan and Declan Cummins, Christian Penswick Dave Reynolds, and Fraser, so Laxey turned out a very young side against one of the better teams in the league - and despite a battling performance it was a disappointing 2 - 0 defeat at home.
Laxey started well, with Matty Skillicorn putting in a good cross from which a Joe Murley shot was blocked.
Andy Ball had a fine game throughout and started with a fingertip save of a dangerous cross, and he showed strong confident handling all game.
He made two more good saves, on one turning a good Old Boys shot over the bar. Matty Skillicorn had a good run at goal and his shot was blocked. Shortly after that he was injured.
We saw good work by youngsters Matty Wilkinson and Ollie Cain, both certainties for first team football in the future.
Old Boys were having the better game and Andy had to turn a shot over for a corner. He then made two great saves, with his feet, following a free kick.
From a Laxey free kick, Jamie Callister had a header saved and Joe Murley had a shot blocked. All square at half time with Laxey just shading the game.
Matty Skillicorn was not able to come out for the second half following his injury and was replaced by Tom Jarvis. George Burrows was working hard in midfield and put in a great block to win back the ball for Laxey.
After good work by Matty W, Michael Fernandes had a shot over and then Matty had a shot deflected off the post for a corner. Joe Murley won another corner, and then had a shot saved and from the rebound, hit one over the bar, following a good cross from Sean Gavin. Matty W had another good run and a shot just wide.
Old Boys were still a threat and Andy made a great save to put the ball out for a corner.
On 33 minutes former Laxey player Josh Thomas scored out of the blue with a low shot from 25 yards to put Old Boys one up. Two minutes later, they got a second, a cross was turned in from 10 yards out.
Joe Murley came off to be replaced by Dar. The game petered out with Dar having an excellent shot tipped over the bar, George being booked and Andrew Burkitt going off injured.
The defence of Jamie, Tom Smith, with youngsters Andy Burkitt and Olly Cain played well, but once again, Laxey were not able to take their chances.
A good performance from a young team, and a lot of promise for the future.
Man of the Match was a close run thing between Tom Smith, Andrew Burkitt Andy Ball and George Burrows but eclipsing them with a great performance was Greens in the Valley Man of the Match:
Laxey Old Boys
Shots on Target 9 5
Shots off target 3 6
Corners 3 3