Ayre and Colby go head-to-head in Paul Henry Gold Cup final

Paul Henry Gold Cup holders Ayre go head-to-head with Colby in this year's final at the Bowl this evening, Thursday

Paul Henry Gold Cup holders Ayre go head-to-head with Colby in this year's final at the Bowl this evening, Thursday

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The last trophy of the Manx football season will be up for grabs on Thursday evening when Ayre United and Colby go head-to-head in the Paul Henry Gold Cup final.

In a repeat of last year’s final in the same competition, the north v south affair should be a tight contest as the sides finished just two points apart in the league table.

There is nothing to separate the teams in terms of form, with both recording four wins and a draw in their last six games, but Ayre will go into the game as slight favourites having dramatically clinched promotion to the Premier League at the Moonlighters’ expense.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw early in the season before the Tangerines defeated Colby 2-0 on their own patch in the reverse fixture.

Ayre will be in confident mood having defeated Division Two champions Gymns to reach the final, but Colby were also the only side to beat Gymns in the league and so this could be an extremely tight game at the Bowl.

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