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Laxey 3 Rushen 2

Greens in the Valleyn, 22 February 2019 11:23

 

At the start of this match Laxey were propping up the bottom of the league, and Rushen were in fourth.  After the game that had not changed, but so much else did as Laxey came out as deserved 3 - 2 winners.

After the dramatic and again well deserved cup win last week, optimism was high, but few expected this result.

The only team change from last week was that Tom Cowin came in for the injured Dave Screech Corlett.

The game started evenly with some bright moments for Laxey.  Joe Walters had a shot wide from close in and a difficult angle, Stan Manning had a shot from out wide diverted for a corner and Tom Callow headed over.

However, it was Rushen who took the lead.   Mason Prince made a good save, but could only palm it out into the path of a Rushen forward who scored the rebound to give them the one goal lead with 21 minutes gone. 

Laxey were still very much in the game and George Burrows had a shot over from distance and Joe put Chris Asbridge through and his shot was saved.  The half ended with all to play for, the youth of Laxey against a very experienced Rushen side.

Five minutes into the second half and Joe was brought down and a free kick taken from outside the area.  George took the kick and Harry Walters stooped to head towards goal, through the keepers hands and in to make the score 1 - 1.

Laxey then moved up a gear with several sweeping moves forward, much as they did last week.   Laxey went ahead with a route one goal - a ball from the back through from Tommy Callow to Joe who was first to it, beat his man and then scored a beauty to make it 2 - 1 to Laxey with 8 minutes of the half gone.  

Further Laxey attacks saw Tommy Callow hit a free kick just wide and another shot from Joe was saved by the Rushen keeper's feet.

At the other end Laxey had defended well with Aaron Broad getting in some good interceptions, headers and tackles against robust Rushen attackers, Nakathan Pumsai - Dar -was his usual energetic self, trying to help midfield and attack at all times, and the three Toms, Kenny, Callow and Cowin handling the potent Rushen attack with some skill and calm.

But Rushen equalised with fifteen minutes of the half gone, direct from a corner as in a goalmouth melee it was bundled in to make it 2-2.

Joe had another shot wide and then Dar came off to be replaced by Joe Murley.

Tom Cowin got in the attacking mode with a header wide from a free kick, and a couple of minutes later had another glancing header just wide. 

Then came the winner - Stan Manning was having a great second half, helping set up several attacks and his good cross from the left fell to George, about 12 yards out, and George slammed in the third and winning Laxey goal to make it 3-2 with fifteen minutes left to play.

Will Bergquist came on for Chris Asbridge and the final tense quarter of an hour played out.   Some staunch defending by Tom Cowin and his defenders kept out a few late corners by Rushen and finally, as nerves of all spectators were thorougly wracked, came the final whistle, signalling a historic and very important win for Laxey.

What a relief.

Laxey have showed in the last two weeks that they can play free flowing football and compete with most teams.   They have been the equal of every team they have played for the last few weeks and the fight to get more points continues.

There was such a happy mood afterwards amongst both spectators and players and these are the moments to treasure.   This young team has so much potential, and so much to be proud of in recent weeks.   It seems unfair to pick a man of the match - so first let us praise manager John Palmer for sticking with it through some dark times this season and turning things around. Well done John. 

The stats show that it was an even game, and to beat Rushen was not easy as they had their moments, but Laxey were good enough in the end to shade it.

As to the players firstly Harry Walters had an outstanding game, as he has the last few weeks.  His performances and energy have made a real difference to the team.  George and Stan seem to be new players and have really upped their game and both made huge contributions to the win and performance.   Joe Walters of course is the man to motivate the whole team and would be the first on the team sheet of any manager and had another great game.  

The defence was solid, both Rushen goals were scrappy but otherwise they worked well, and Tom Callow showed what a good footballer he is and what a prospect he is for the future.

However the Greens in the Valley Man of the Match goes to (a possibly fitter?) 

Tom Cowin

Stats

                              Laxey    Rushen

Shots on Target        5            5

Shots off Target        8            6

Corners                    6            6