The Canada Life Premier League’s goalkeepers were in top form at the weekend, with several of the division’s number ones producing man-of-the-match performances on Saturday afternoon.
As a result the latest TotW had a number of stoppers to choose from, Laxey’s Andy Perry eventually getting the nod ahead of the impressive quintet of Grant Dawson (St George’s), Tom Strivens (Rushen), Max Thomas (St Mary’s), Will Mitchell (Michael) and Jake Sansbury (Castletown).
Perry was the Miners’ star turn as they narrowly lost their 100 per cent start to the season at Rushen. Grabbing the decisive goal in that match at Croit Lowey was Spaniards’ winger Jack Saxon who struck in the second half to give Neil Curphey’s side all three points on offer.
Joining Saxon in a fluid and attack-minded five-man midfield are Danny Gerrard (St Mary’s), Ant Moore (St John’s), Frank Jones (St George’s) and Nick Sloan (Michael).
Gerrard’s rich vein of form since his summer switch to the Bowl from Corinthians continued against Geordies at the weekend. The former junior island international was busy throughout the early season encounter between the top-flight title rivals and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Jones was an equally busy figure in that match, producing a typically industrious showing as the reigning champions ground out a 2-1 win over his former club. The island regular had a hand in both Geordies’ goals and did well to support attacker Ciaran McNulty in the absence of the injured Calum Morrissey.
Johnners’ midfielder Moore impressed on his return from the States, finding the back of the net as the Mullen-e-Cloie outfit beat DHSOB 3-1 to maintain the western club’s 100 per cent start to the current campaign.
One of Moore’s former team-mates at United, Nick Sloan, fills the line-up’s last midfield berth after he impressed for new club Michael in their 2-0 win over fellow promoted side RYCOB.
Another of the Balleira Road outfit’s summer signings lands a place in the hypothetical XI’s back-four in the shape of Matthew Venables. The ex-Foxdale man joins St John’s centre-back Nick Leung and Peel duo Kerron Christian and full-back Danny Lace in the TotW line-up.
The latter was the westerners’ star turn as Ramsey were beaten 4-0 at Ballacloan, while Christian shone on his switch from his usual attacking berth as Rick Holden’s side kept a clean sheet.
Up front Union Mills’ prodigy Joey Morling leads the line after grabbing a goal during the Millers’ first win of the season at Castletown.
Refereeing honours go to Tommy Crowe for the first time in the fledgling season, the island’s referee development officer enjoying a good game in the middle as Geordie’s beat St Mary’s 2-1.
Team of the Week 31/08/13
Goalkeeper Andy Perry (Laxey)
TotW apps this season: 1
Matty Venables (Michael) TotW apps: 1
Nick Leung (St John’s) TotW apps: 1
Kerron Christian (Peel) TotW apps: 1
Danny Lace (Peel) TotW apps: 1
Nick Sloan (Michael) TotW apps: 1
Ant Moore (St John’s) TotW apps: 1
Danny Gerrard (St Mary’s) TotW apps: 2
Frank Jones (St George’s) TotW apps: 1
Jack Saxon (Rushen) TotW apps: 1
Attack Joey Morling (Union Mills) TotW apps: 1
Referee Tommy Crowe (St Mary’s v St George’s) RotW apps: 1