Douglas Athletic complete treble

Douglas Athletic celebrate completing a league and cup treble after winning the Paul Henry Gold Cup on Thursday evening at the Bowl. The Pinks also won JCK Division Two and the GH Corlett Woods Cup this season (Photo: Dave Norton)

Douglas Athletic celebrate completing a league and cup treble after winning the Paul Henry Gold Cup on Thursday evening at the Bowl. The Pinks also won JCK Division Two and the GH Corlett Woods Cup this season (Photo: Dave Norton)

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Douglas Athletic completed a league and cup treble by clinching the Paul Henry Gold Cup on Thursday evening.

In a tight and tense affair at the Bowl, the Pinks came up against a resilient Castletown side that, at times, threatened to derail DAFC’s treble hopes.

The first half saw very few chances for either side, although Connor Dowell grazed the crossbar for Athletic while Castletown’s Alex Crawley saw a header disallowed for offside.

After the break the game continued in much the same vein until the decisive moment arrived just short of the hour mark. There seemed little danger when Dowell received the ball near the halfway line on the left flank but the striker burst forward down the wing before cutting inside and coolly slotting the ball through goalkeeper Rob Masson’s legs.

Town pushed late on for a leveller to force extra-time but they found themselves up against a resolute DAFC defence which held firm to ensure the Pinks completed a memorable season with their third piece of silverware to go with the JCK Division Two and GH Corlett Woods Cup titles.

Full report and photographs in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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