A game against a frequent stumbling block in recent years, as Ramsey are always up to match or better Laxey, and they certainly made a good start.
Laxey were without Michael Haslett who was away, and Danny Bailey came in to replace him as full back. Otherwise it was an unchanged team from the win against Royals and the mostly young team took a few minutes to get into the game.
Laxey started brightly when Joe Walters had a clear chance which would have set Laxey on their way. As it was, Ramsey were battling hard with their young team and matching Laxey.
George Burrows had a shot wide and Danny Bailey showed his skill with a great ball forward to Joe who put a good ball into Sean Gavin and Gav had his shot blocked. A few minutes into the game and Laxey were starting to play some really good free flowing football. Matty Wilkinson was using his pace to beat his full back all the time and he had a good run and cross up the right. Joe was impressing with his energy and rapid closing down as he continually put the Ramsey defence under pressure. Joe and Matty combined well in a couple of moves and showed how their understanding has developed.
Then Ramsey went ahead on 18 minutes. Laxey keeper Tom Moffatt came out to the edge of his area to collect a through ball, and collided with a Ramsey forward and a Laxey defender and ended up injured on the ground. The ball came back out of the area, and a Ramsey forward chipped the ball forward into the empty net. The referee had let play continue and gave the goal to Ramsey. Moffy was injured and resumed after treatment. The ref did consult with his linesmen, and the goal stood.
That spurred Laxey on and highlights were a great tackle by Joe, a good ball from Sean to Matty, whose good cross was cut out, and then Sean, under pressure, tried to flick and loop the ball into the net, but it went just over. Sean was playing well, and put another good ball through to Matty.
The deserved equaliser came with half an hour gone. Danny Bailey, with his first assist for the team, took a throw in to Joe on the edge of the area. Joe with back to goal, took the ball, turned the defender up his back, and blasted in to make it 1 - 1.
George then had a strong shot just over, from well outside the area. Stan Manning who had been showing good touch all game then had a strong shot just wide, and Matty also had a shot saved.
Ramsey were still well in the game though and Moffy had to make an outstanding save to stop them going ahead.
However, as the half closed, it was Laxey who went ahead when Sean set up Joe, who scored from about 6 yards out to make it 2 - 1 to Laxey.
The half finished with Stan having a strong shot just over.
Early in the second half, Joe had a golden chance when he first rounded a defender, then the keeper and tried to fire in from an acute angle into the open goal, but hit the post and side netting instead. Ramsey had a flurry of attacks with two or three shots being blocked in the goalmouth.
Joe 'scored' another goal, but was ruled offside - and then Matty had another great shot well saved. George also had another of his trademark long shots just over the bar.
The Laxey defence had looked very comfortable with David Screech Corlett and Andrew Burkitt well in control, but Screech had a moment where he was judged to pull a Ramsey attacker just outside the area, and received a booking.
We then saw what is, so far, the Goal of the Season. Stan, running up the left, took a good ball in his stride, ran thirty yards up the wing, beating two defenders on the way, got to the byline and put in a great cross to Joe, on the edge of the six yard box and he volleyed in with a half bicycle kick to seal his hat-trick. A fantastic goal created by two exciting talents.
3 - 1 with fifteen minutes of the half gone. A couple of minutes later Joe had another bicycle kick, which was not on target.
Sean had a shot diverted wide for a corner, and it seemed as if he was destined to have a blank day. Matty took the corner and Sean flicked it on to Stan who headed in from close range to make it 4 - 1 to Laxey.
Matty had another shot which was diverted onto the post and out and then finally Sean got his reward for his performance. This time Joe was the provider and Joe put though a defence splitting ball to Sean who placed the ball just beyond the keeper from about 18 yards out - to make it 5 - 1 for Laxey, with about 20 minutes left.
George hit another shot wide, and then Dave Reynolds, who had given his all in midfield, came off with a very dodgy black and blue knee to be replaced, for his first First Team appearance by Aaron Broad.
Stan then had a good shot blocked, and then we saw Jake Garvey have a bit of an adventure. He had a brilliant game, defending well and also working well with Stan Somehow he found himself rampaging forward toward the area, beat a couple of players, and did a near Cruyff turn to beat some more, to set up a cross from Stan.
Matty then had a good run, to win a corner. and then Dar came on as Screech went off. Dar went to full back, where he did well on his time on the pitch, and Jake moved into the centre with Andy. The good spirit in the team showed as Screech declared he wanted to see the younger players getting a game.
Sean was in a good position to score at one point, but was being blatantly held back, and a yellow card awarded to the defender.
We then saw Joe at his best, yet again, as he broke clear, from well inside his own half, out sprinted all the Ramsey defence with the ball, and made no mistake of slotting in strongly past the keeper for his fourth goal of the game. 6 - 1 to Laxey, the final score.
George came off with cramp and Laxey saw out the last few minutes with ten men.
Good luck to Ramsey for the rest of the season - they are also a young team, struggling a bit, but full of running and enthusiasm.
Congratulations to Aaron for his first appearance and to the team for a good display.
So a valuable three points, but most importantly an impressive display from a very young team. Dave Reynolds in the centre again set an example to the others about effort and commitment. At the back Danny Bailey had a fine debut as full back, and the coolness and composure of youngsters Andy Burkitt and Jake Garvey was impressive. While the older spectators were shouting "Just get rid" they calmly played the ball out of trouble.
George did a lot of work in the middle, directing play again, and so impressive under pressure, but the most impressive work was done on the wings by Matty and Stan who always had the beating of their defenders and helped keep up the tempo and pace of the game. Sean finally ended his goal drought, and the goal capped an impressive display and his usual high work rate. At the end, he was at the back leaping like a salmon and winning defensive headers as if he was a centre half. A tiny centre half.
There were many contenders for Man of the Match, especially Matty and Stan - but even if he had not scored four goals, Joe would have been a worthy contender. His work rate is astonishing, he never gives up and closes down defenders so quickly that they are always under pressure. One second he is on his arse in the penalty area having been bundled over and two seconds later he is up and challenging for balls on the touch line. He is an amazing player and surely destined to greatness - at Laxey.
So the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match is
Shots on Target 10 5
Shots off Target 11 4
Corners 6 5