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Douglas Royals 1 Laxey 3

Greens in the Valley, 22 September 2018 19:27

A vital match for the club after four opening losses, this against a team with an identical record.   One of those legendary "six pointers"

Missing out after an operation was Aaron Broad, and Matty Wilkinson, now university bound, and returning were Joe Murley, David Screech Corlett and Dave Reynolds, though Joe was playing with a heavy cold.

Royals had the first early chance, a near sitter, which they missed.    First action from Laxey was when Stan Manning had a shot well saved, and then Joe Walters had a strong shot just wide. 

Royals are obviously not a bad team, with plenty of pace and movement and it was not going to be an easy game. 

Joe Murley showed his pace with a rapid run up the wing and his cross was eventually put out for a corner.  Royals had another chance, which could easily have been scored, but again a shot was wide. 

Stanley Manning, running back defending accidentally clashed with a Royals attacker, who was tripped, resulting in the attacker attacking Stan.   It was clearly accidental clash of legs, but Stan was booked by the ref.

It was fairly even for the first twenty minutes, but Laxey were showing signs of playing better football than of late, and Dave Reynolds at the back was making a significant difference to the defence. 

At 25 minutes, Laxey went ahead. A good ball was put out to Stan on the left wing, and doing what he does best he volleyed it first time to the far post, perfectly placed for Michael Fernandes who slid in side footing a lovely goal.   The ball was moved at pace, with first touches and left the Royals defence with no chance to stop it.

1-0 and the lads were looking confident.   Not long after Joe Walters went on one of his runs through defenders, into the box, and was brought down.  A clear penalty, which was awarded.    Michael took it but the Royals keeper was able to block, so the lead stayed at one.

Just after the penalty miss Royals were through again and missed an absolute sitter.  Things were getting tense again and one goal ahead was not comfortable.

Joe Murley had a shot blocked and saved, and George Burrows shot wide.  

Dave Reynolds put in a good tackle to stop a positive Royals attack, and apart from the odd breakaway the Laxey defence were looking solid, with the two senior citizens of  Screech  and Dave Reynolds in partnership at the back.   Joe W had another run and nearly broke through, and Michael had a shot blasted over.   Laxey had another great chance with a goalmouth scramble in which there were two clearances off the line, but immediately after that Royals broke away and Laxey were fortunate that the Royals striker was just off target. 

The second half started with Laxey looking a bit vulnerable and ten minutes in, the inevitable happened.  Mason Prince had to make two good saves, one from a corner, and then one from a shot.   He had no chance with the Royals equaliser, when a Royals player ran through from the halfway line and scored to make it 1 - 1. 

After that Laxey started to come into the game again, and Stan had a great swerving shot from the left which just clipped the bar.  Michael had a header just over and then the first sub was made.    Stan made way for Tom Murray, who dropped to full back, pushing Tar Phumsai forward up the left. 

Dave Reynolds had a header just over and at the other end, Mason made another good save to deny Royals. 

Screech foraging up front had a header saved, and and Joe W had a shot blocked.   Dar was operating well further forward, often beating his defender and he was picked out by George with an inch perfect long perfectly placed ball switching play out to Dar on the left.  Dar controlled well, beat a defender and then went on to score under the keeper - great ball from George and a very well taken goal to make it 2 - 1 with 25 minutes left. 

Joe Murley came off, knackered after having given his all with a heavy cold and was replaced by Jez Lovett.   Almost immediately Jez had a shot just over the bar. 

Dave Reynolds went down injured for a couple of minutes after a heavy clash, but was able to carry on. 

Then it was 3 - 1 to Laxey.  Jez on the left put in a clever chip to the feet of Michael on the edge of the area, and he first time cleverly chipped the keeper for an excellent goal. 

Tom Callow, last week's Man of the Match, came off the bench for the last ten minutes replacing Tom Kenny who had a steady game controlling the middle, rarely making a mistake.   Talking of Toms, the third Tom, Muzza, was booked for kicking the ball away.   Quite a minor offence compared to some of the Royals ball kicking away.

Near the end of the game, Laxey came close a couple of times more, with Joe running and bustling through to be denied by a block and a save. 

Final whistle and a well deserved win for Laxey. 

Make  no mistake, Royals are not a bad team, and this was a hard fought win.  

Laxey defence looked mostly solid with Danny Bailey returning to full back putting in a good performance and catching the eye of the spectators panel and Dar performing well, especially when he moved forward in the second half, and he caught the eye of the spectator panel, as did Mason with some fine saves.

Joe and Stan always catch the eye when on the ball and put in good performances, and Joe in particular had a great game with lots of effort for little reward.  Michael scored two excellent goals with his instinctive touch.

However Greens in the Valley Man of the Match this week is welcome returnee, the new Andrew Burkett -

Dave Reynolds 


 The Stats

                                       Laxey   Royals

Shots on Target                 8          3

Shots off Target                 8          5

Corners                             9           2