Record-breaking title for Geordies

By Dave Norton in Football

St George’s clinched a record-breaking seventh successive Canada Life Premier League title on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints brushed aside Corinthians in style at Ballafletcher, cruising to a 7-0 victory. Calum Morrissey got the ball rolling for Geordies with a deflected strike before Joey Morling poked home the second after beating the goalkeeper to a long ball.

Ciaran McNulty then glanced home a header to make it 3-0 at half-time before Morling added his second of the afternoon after the interval.

The same player won a penalty midway through the second half which allowed Chris Bass Sr to make it 5-0.

There was still time for McNulty to fire home his second following a well-worked move before before captain Frank Jones sealed the win in injury time with a seventh goal to seal a seventh title in a row.

Nearest rivals St Mary’s overcame a scare to defeat relegated Ayre United 11-3 at the Bowl. The Tangerines pushed the hosts and held them to a 2-2 draw in the first half before running out of steam after the sending off of Stephen Barbour as the Saints eventually claimed a big win to stay second in the table.

Peel found their shooting boots as they hammered Laxey 6-1 at the Station Fields. Despite the Miners missing several key players, they took the lead through Mike Fernandes in the 10th minute.

However, the westerners hit back through an Ashley Webster brace and he was joined on the scoresheet by Marc Kelly, Matthew Woods, Tom Wood and Billy Kennaugh.

Rushen United claimed the southern bragging rights as they got the better of Colby at Croit Lowey, Jamie Johnston and Mike Williams amongst the goals as the Spaniards won 5-2.

There was something of a surprise at Ballacloan where Ramsey held DHSOB to draw, the teams sharing a goal apiece to give the northerners a boost in the bid for top flight survival.

That score was repeated in JCK Division Two as top-four and promotion hopefuls Onchan and Castletown played out a 1-1 draw at the Nivison Stadium.

Leaders Douglas Royal eventually triumphed 9-1 at home to Michael Utd but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Whites as it was only 2-1 at halftime before a second-half onslaught sealed an emphatic win.

There was a close contest in Tromode where Gymns and Pulrose Utd went head-to-head, the visitors just coming out on top 2-1 maintain their top-four push.

The other game in the second division saw Douglas and District put up a brave fight at home to in-form Marown. There was little to separate the two sides at half-time but in the end the visitors came out on top 6-2.

Results from Saturday, February 4:

Canada Life Premier League

Corinthians 0-7 St George’s

Peel 6-1 Laxey

Ramsey 1-1 Old Boys

Rushen 5-2 Colby

St Mary’s 11-3 Ayre

JCK Division Two

Douglas and District 2-6 Marown

Douglas Royal 9-1 Michael

Gymns 1-2 Pulrose

Onchan 1-1 Castletown

Canada Life Combination One

Colby 1-0 Rushen

Old Boys 15-1 Ramsey

JCK Combination Two

Governor’s Athletic 2-2 Foxdale

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