Saints homing in on Grand Slam

By by Andy Dalrymple andy.dalrymple@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @manxfootyblog in Football

’We will take each game as it comes and see where we end up.’

St George’s stalwart Sean Quaye’s reaction to the fact the Glencrutchery Road club are now only four wins away from an unprecedented third Grand Slam.

Quaye was speaking after Geordies came from 2-1 down in extra-time to beat Peel 3-2 and lift the Friends Provident International FA Cup on Monday afternoon, the club’s third major piece of silverware of the campaign.

The former Isle of Man FA skipper drew the two sides level in the additional half-hour with a header, before Frank Jones slotted in the winner with only six minutes left on referee Stuart Kneen’s watch.

Geordies’ man mountain Furo Davies had given his side an early lead with a thunderous free-kick only for Kerron Christian to strike twice for the holders, the latter goal coming 10 minutes into extra time.

Talking about the club’s 11th FA Cup win, Quaye said: ’Winning the way we did makes it that bit more special.

’We were in control the whole second half and felt confident going into extra time.

’To then concede the way we did I think a few of us maybe thought it’s going to be one of them days.

’Bassy [Chris Bass Sr] and Dicko [Lee Dixon] had a quick word with us at the turn around and got us going again.

’As soon as we got the equaliser we had the momentum and thankfully the ball fell to Frank to tuck away the winner!

’There was of course moments of thinking that was it once Peel went in front so late on in to the match.

’We had controlled the second half but didn’t really create many chances and that was maybe the case in the first half of extra time.

’There is one thing for sure that is ingrained throughout the team and management at St George’s and that is to work till the very last second of any match we play.

’We had 15 minutes to turn it around and gave everything to win the match.’

Geordies face Division Two Governor’s Athletic in the last-16 of the Hospital Cup on Sunday evening as the season enters its final furlong.

Speaking about the club’s attempt at another clean sweep Quaye added:

’It’s obviously set things up nicely, we have potentially four games to win in order to win the Hospital Cup and with that the Grand Slam.

’It’s never a given and is so difficult to achieve but for sure that is the ultimate goal. We will take each game as it comes and see where we end up.

Would a record-breaking third Grand Slam see Geordies take their foot off the gas next season? Quaye doesn’t think so: ’This season has been fantastic again for us so far, the whole squad push each other and drive each other to sustain these high standards and to achieve results week in week out.

’The management only want the best from the players and don’t take anything less than this, it has made us the team that we are.

’Who knows how long it can last, but I’m confident the younger players at the club will be keen to keep St George’s at the top of Manx football for future years to come.’

l More reaction from the weekend’s cup finals in this week’s Manx Football Podcast. Listen at audioboom.com/channel/manxfootball

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