Laxey Football Club


Laxey 3 Colby 0

Greens in the Valley, 15 December 2017 23:07


A good win on a damp and drizzly day, against a team who put in a good effort and were no pushovers.  Colby held their own for most of the first half, and it took a bit of genius from Stan Manning to seal the game halfway through the second half. 

The winning team at Ramsey was only changed as Dave Reynolds was away, and Paul Gavin came in at full back.

In the opening minutes, a Sean Gavin cross resulted in Colby clearing off the line.  Paul Gavin joined in an attack and put a ball into Sean, and Sean, having had the strange experience of heading the ball a few times at Ramsey, tried again, and his header was saved by the Colby keeper.

Sean followed that up with a good run into the box, and Matty Wilkinson had a shot saved and pushed out for a corner. There was a bit of a goalmouth scramble after the corner, with a couple of chances for Laxey, which finished when Andy Burkitt shot just wide.

George Burrows hit a long range shot just wide - quite soon one of those is going to go in George.

Paul Gavin showed his speed and energy and put in a great defensive tackle.  Colby had their first chance when they headed over direct from a corner, and shortly after a Colby forward broke through and missed an open goal.  

Stan Manning had a shot saved and Jake Garvey at the other end put in a great ball winning tackle. 

By this time Laxey had weathered the little flurry of Colby attacks and Joe Walters, playing in midfield, had a shot which hit the post, and Sean tried an overhead kick which just went wide.   A good ball from Stan led to a corner, and from that George had a shot which hit the bar.   

Danny Bailey also had a shot just wide and Sean had a shot diverted for a corner.  And then Sean had another header goal bound, but saved.

More good work from Danny and his cross should have gone in and just needed a touch.

Jake had a shot from distance, just wide.  Stan had a bit of a contretemps with the referee and ended up being booked for arguing. 

Colby had so far held their own and despite several shots, Laxey were not looking likely to score - however on 44 minutes came the first goal.  

Matty Wilkinson had a good run down the right and put in a cross to Stan, who coolly scored to make it 1 - 0.

In the second half Laxey became more dominant - and started off with Joe being felled in the box, but no penalty was given.

Stan had a shot blocked, and George had another shot just wide.  Joe did one of his typical barnstorming runs through from midfield and his shot was put out for a corner. 

Laxey keeper Tom Moffatt was at last called into action and made a great fingertip save to deny Colby a goal.

Matty had a chance to lob the Colby keeper, but the keeper just got to it and made a save. 

Laxey doubled their lead with a great individual effort from Stan Manning.   He was running at pace down the right and without pausing, from distance, he somehow chipped the ball, over the goalkeeper's head to score.   Great technique and another contender for Goal of the Season.  This was a goal of rare quality, taken with skill and great vision.

Olly Cain came on at the back, replacing Paul Gavin,    Colby had another golden chance, and again missed what seemed to be an open goal.  

Matty had a clash with a Colby defender, and feeling wronged he picked up the ball and kicked it at the defender, who retaliated and this led to a bit of 'handbags' between a few players, but the result was that Matty got a booking. 

But Matty was on hand to help with the third Screech inspired goal.  David Screech Corlett charged forward from midfield with the ball, screaming "One Two", passed the ball to Matty, got it back and then fed the ball to Sean, unmarked on the edge of the box and he made no mistake in scoring to make it 3 - 0 with 35 minutes gone.   A well worked goal, inspired by the enthusiasm of the Old Man Screech.

Stan Manning came off to be replaced by Jez Lovett for the last ten minutes and Joe pushed up to the front.   He immediately had a shot saved and then had a header just wide.

Screech was in the action to the end and had a header hit the bar - the game finished with Colby having a long range shot which hit the bar.

This was a strong performance from a young Laxey team stuffed with talent.  That team, allied with the experience of Michael Haslett and Dave Reynolds, could achieve a lot if they stay together - it could be this year, but certainly things look good for the future.

There were good performances from all the players and the decision for Man of the Match was very close.   The spectators chose Stan Manning, who scored one good goal, and one sublime goal -

But the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match goes to a young man who did not put a foot wrong all game, and rarely does - the personification of calmness under pressure - the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match is

Andrew Burkitt


                                                     Laxey      Colby

Shots on Target                               7             3

Shots off Target                              10            6

Corners                                           11            2