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Laxey 1 Marown 5

Greens in the Valley, 23 October 2018 09:24

A disappointing result against one of the teams struggling to get points and a lesson that victory cannot be guaranteed.

There was some good news before the game in that Andrew Burkitt was home from university and able to play but less good news was that the influential Joe Walters was away.  Making his first team debut in goal was Sean Jackson and returning to the line up were Joe Murley and Tommy Callow.

The game started well for Laxey- in the sixth minute a well taken corner by George Burrows was met by a rising Andy Burkitt to head directly in to give Laxey a 1 - 0 lead.

However four minutes later Marown scored direct from a free kick as the wall parted in front of keeper Sean Jackson who had no chance.  1 - 1.

Laxey were attacking though, and had several chances, and could have scored more.   A great downward header by Joe Murley, under pressure, just needed a touch in the box.

A good header from Danny Bailey was well saved by the Marown keeper and then a golden opportunity came when a great first time cross from Stan Manning found Michael Fernandes unmarked in front of goal, and unfortunately his header was just wide of the post. 

Then after more good work by Joe Murley, Michael had a good shot blocked.   Joe then put in a good cross, just under the bar, which the Marown keeper just managed to tip over the bar for a corner.  George then had a good shot blocked, and it looked as if it was only a matter of time before Laxey went ahead. Stan and Joe at this stage had the beating of their full backs nearly every time and it looked inevitable that Laxey would cruise to a win.

It was not to be.  On 32 minutes Marown broke down their left, and a cross into the box found enthusiastic Marown strikers queuing up to score and they duly did from about ten yards out to go ahead 2 - 1.

A couple of minutes later and it was 3 - 1 to Marown when a penalty was given against Laxey for a push in the box.   

In the second half, Stan had a great shot saved, but two minutes later they won another penalty for a trip in the box, and scored to make it 4 - 1.

The first change was made and Dar came on to replace Danny Bailey at full back. 

Tom Kenny had a shot from distance saved, Joe Murley had a shot saved and pushed out for a corner and at the other end, Marown looked set to score again but Tommy Callow was able to clear off the line. 

Sean then made a great blocking save, the only save, apart from the goals, that he had to make all game. Joe Murley battled down the wing and won another corner.

Stan then made a fairly innocuous tackle, upending a Marown player with his body and was booked.  He then nearly made amends with a fabulous shot from the left which struck the base of the post.   Another inch in and it would have been a fine goal. 

Joe Murley then went into a robust tackle in the six yard box, won the ball,  but a free kick was given against him.  Apparently words were said and that turned into a booking.

Tommy Callow had a shot just wide, and a for a final change, Joe was taken off and replaced by Tom Murray.

Marown scored again to make it 5 - 1 with ten minutes left - a free kick was floated into the box and went in having got the merest of touches from someone, may have even been an own goal.

In the dying minutes the linesman ruled that a ball had gone out of play to shouts from the crowd that the whole ball had not gone out.  Unfortunately Stan joined in that conversation and was shown a second yellow and sent off.   To be fair to him, he was only copying what the spectators were shouting.

So, a very disappointing result for the team - and hopefully a wake up call.   Marown were a bigger and seemingly more committed team, and the skilful talents of our team were not a match for them.  Had early chances been taken it would have been different.

There were some positives - young Tommy Callow showed some composure, it was good to have Andy back, George Burrows put in some wicked corners, Screech played well and was committed to the end,  and Dar was lively and committed when he came on. 

There were no bad performances, it was just a bit disjointed and on balance Marown deserved the win, but not by the very flattering scoreline.

For his effort and determination the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match is Joe Murley

Stats

                             Laxey    Marown 

Shots on target       8             7

Shots off target       5             6

Corners                   9             7