Cu-Plas FA Cup Team of the Week special

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THE latest installment of the nation’s favourite hypothetical XI returns in a special FA Cup guise this week.

Only two Premier League matches were scheduled for last Saturday so the focus was firmly on the seasonal Cu-Plas-sponsored cup quarter-finals.

Donning the coveted TotW goalkeeper gloves was St Mary’s shot-stopper Max Thomas who added to his growing reputation with another solid showing in his side’s comprehensive victory over Town.

Protecting him is a back four consisting of representatives from all four of the day’s quarter-final contests. Lining up in the centre of defence is Rushen’s Michael Baker alongside DHSOB’s Liam Buckley. Baker was in influential form as the Spaniards overcame JCK Division Two outfit Ramsey Youth Centre at Schoil ree Gorree while Buckley led by example as he produced a man-of-the-match performance as Old Boys upset the odds to defeat cup favourites St George’s 2-1.

Flanking that dominant duo are Laxey’s makeshift left-back Daryl Haslett and St Marys’ new Irish defensive force, Dom McGreevy. The latter was in fine form in from of Thomas in the aforementioned victory over Town while Haslett continued his good recent performances in the full-back during his side’s 2-1 win over second tier pacesetters St John’s and Mullen-e-Cloie.

Ahead of that backline is a three-man midfield of Haslett’s team-mate Josh Thomas, Rushen’s pacy winger Dan Pownall and St Marys’ midfield maestro Tom Weir. Thomas produced a tireless performance during the Miners’ narrow win and even showed his awareness at the other end of the pitch when he clear a shot off his own goal-line.

Sitting just in front of that trio is the Spaniards’ talisman Josh Kelly who continued his excellent season playing inbetween midfield and attack. He netted twice during his side’s defeat of Youthie.

Leading the line in the latest Team of the Week is a strikeforce which, between them, scored four goals on Saturday, one of which was a goal of the season contender. Three of those strikes came from St Mary’s forward Marc Priestnal who was in a lethal mood as he put Castletown’s defence to the sword with a well-taken hat-trick. Alongside him is St George’s star striker Calum Morrissey. Despite seeing his side crash out of the FA Cup to Old Boys, the Geordies No.10 scored a spectcular volley from all of 30 yards and worked tirelessly up front.

Goalkeeper

Max Thomas (St Mary’s)

Defence

Dom McGreevy (St Mary’s)

Michael Baker (Rushen)

Liam Buckley (DHSOB)

Daryl Haslett (Laxey)

Midfield

Josh Thomas (Laxey)

Tom Weir (St Mary’s)

Dan Pownall (Rushen

Attack

Josh Kelly (Rushen)

Marc Priestnal (St Mary’s)

Calum Morrissey (St George’s)

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